Thanks for all the input!!
BUT TO CLEAR THINGS UP
I am a die hard fan of Linux and do everything that I would with MS on a daily basis with Linux. I do use the OpenOffice like you stated also. There is nothing really that I can't do on Linux. EXCEPT use AutoCAD and ArchiCAD. This is the WHOLE reason I started this thread. I wasn't going to go into detail about what I was using it for, simply because I just wanted to know my basic "first stated" question.
And yes like one of you said, it is hard to come up with either a disc or a serial for some programs I installed on MS let's say 3 years ago, with no trace of anything but the program on my HDD. Thats why I was asking. But can you even install cracked/patched programs on Wine, KIDDING....am I?
I understand what WINE does and "sorta" how it works. But this isn't the case. AND I also understand what VirtualBox does along with its competitor VMware. Which I have installed, and ready to start installing other Linux distros to play around with. I guess I could simply boot up the virtualization programs and open up a totally different OS and then begin the work I was trying to do but that would doing a lot if I'm just trying to do certain things. And especially if I have to download CAD extensions, extra files, yadda yadda. That would just be too much hassle I believe doing all on an "emulator" per se.
I'm not the guy thats going to sit here and argue why Linux is better, or MS is better, by no means. I have my side, and well... your obviously on it too :mrgreen:
Anyways, back to my original reason for wanting to use WINE.
I have some work that needs to be done with a CAD program. Research (google) has shown me that there is no comparison AT ALL with any other CAD programs to AuoCAD or ArchiCAD. Also, I have a few years of college knowledge and experience with these programs that I would rather not try and learn a new software, for the only reason that I am "steering clear" of MS. This is not the case, at all. I have my preference, but that don't mean I won't use it. It's like preferring ice cream over cake, but if all I got is cake, well better damn believe I'm gonna eat it if theres no ice cream (AmIRight?) Getting off topic again :shock: . OK. So with that being said, I have to use these programs regardless of the circumstances. And these are my options:
Number 1 is the obvious, which most likely I will have to do, no matter how frowned upon it is by [place name here]. Number 2 will work for a lot of programs, but AutoCAD and ArchiCAD are not ones that work, or even if they do, they SUCK tremendously bad on it, so the tests and results show. Google it, if you'd like ;) Number 3 is a very good idea, but also like jayd said, the performance would be an issue I would imagine. I dont need the whole OS, I just want the program.Quote:
1) Dual boot your system. You'll have an application running natively in the environment is was written for.
2) Wine. Allows you to run Windows applications in a Linux environment by referencing Windows API's. Works pretty well for most programs.
3) A virtual machine, as suggested by HalluxSinister. But, depending on the program, this may not be the best choice. Virtual machines can be less efficient than a real machine when accessing hardware indirectly. This can cause a slowdown on execution, performance, and such. If you have a computer running with some horsepower, though, this will be less of an issue.
But to make you happy HalluxSinister, I havent booted up Window$7, well, since a few hours ago. BUT before that it's been weeks. The only reason I do boot it up, honestly, is to get files from that HDD. I know I can access this HDD from ubuntu, but, well, lets say I had some serious security on my MS. Almost all my files on the HDD are encrypted. So basically anything I pull up from that HDD isn't accessible. Yes, it sucks from time to time. This is the ONLY reason I ever move the toggle on Grub, to another OS.
But, looks like it's going to be gettin some use here soon :dazed: ......
This is why I asked :P