INSTALLING THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE

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INSTALLING THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE

Postby keli on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:17 am

I use Adobe products for my professional work. Products like Premiere pro, Captivate, Visual Presenter as well as Microsoft producer my problem is how to have these applications on Mint. I am really fascinated by the product and want to migrate to it as my default OS but my fear is I will not be able to use those applications and that will make me run into a lot of problems.

Is there a way to have these applications installed on Mint?
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Re: INSTALLING THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE

Postby rlindsey0 on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:56 am

Some Windows apps can be used under WINE (http://www.winehq.org) on Linux, but not all, and not always with perfect compatibility. You should go to the WINE site and see what they say about specific versions of specific Windows apps. You don't even need a valid copy of Windows to run programs under WINE, because you're not technically running Windows, just a program that can install and run (some) Windows apps.

Another option is to dual-boot your machine--that is, leave your Windows install on there but shrink its partition and install Mint on new partitions in the freed-up space. You can even make a dedicated data partition (preferably partitioned as NTFS) that can be accessed from either the Linux side or the Windows side. This works fine for me, though I'm no expert. You could start by using Mint for your day-to-day stuff (e.g., Web browsing, word processing) and boot into Windows for your work. Then, you can gradually start looking into whether you can start shifting more and more of your work from Windows onto Mint. This way you don't have to make the switch all at once.

The third option I hear about, though I've never done it, is to install Linux and then use VirtualBox or something similar to create a "virtual machine" within the Linux install, into which you then install Windows and your Windows applications. You do need a valid copy of Windows for this, because you are actually running Windows ... just on a virtual machine rather than a "regular" one.

There are tutorials for all these things, if you decide you want to explore these options.
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Re: INSTALLING THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE

Postby viking777 on Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:09 pm

rlindsey0 has pretty well set out the options there. The only thing that I would add is an order in which to try things. Start out with a dual boot - your apps are then guaranteed to work. Whilst you have the dual boot going, experiment with the likes of Virtualbox and see if that works for you. Later on try Wine, if the apps you require are mainstream windows apps then Wine might work and will probably be better than Virtualbox. If they aren't mainstream then Wine will almost certainly be a waste of time.
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Re: INSTALLING THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE

Postby keli on Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:18 am

Linux is a great product but I think using third party software is its biggest setback. The procedure laid out is complex for a non techie newbie like me who does not wanna get his delicate setup mumbled through curiosity so I guess I will have to layback out of the MintLove.

I appreciate your responses though, I just wish I could get through without all those complexities. Keep up the good work and please try to work on the third party software integration, its very important.
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Re: INSTALLING THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE

Postby Fred on Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:32 am

keli wrote:
... please try to work on the third party software integration, its very important.

I believe the old saying is, "You are preaching to the choir." It is a slow painful process to convince proprietary software companies to port their applications to Linux. But it is happening, slowly but surely. Call/write/email Adobe and express those sentiments. It will do a lot more good there than here.

I know there are some situations that you just can't get out of but don't short change native Linux programs. Many are not only as good as, but better than their proprietary counterparts. They just don't have the marketing behind them that a company like Adobe has. :-)

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Re: INSTALLING THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE

Postby Ozz on Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:26 am

Hi, I just have to say try the Virtualbox.
It will blow your mind away!

Install your copy of windows on it.

It is quite easy to configure, and then you will not have to have a dual boot, and any virus will be confined as the windows program will run in a sandbox.

Puuuurfect!
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