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Old 07-23-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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Is there ANY Linux distros that runs like windows?

If it's Lindows, is it downloadable or do I have to buy the full package?

BTW, Lindows is from Linspire

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I want a Linux distro that will:

1. Support NTFS
2. Have a directory like eg: C:\Something
3. Open .EXE file, .ZIP file and all other Windows files that don't require a special application torun them
4. Have the interface of Linux
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Old 07-23-2005, 09:45 PM   #2
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You can do everything you can do on linux that you can windows, but I don't think any *nix o/s can execute win32 exes. This is because when the source is compiled it's compiled for the win32 platform. Same thing with *nix to windows. But there may be software that lets you emulate a win32 enviorment. Usually though they port stuff and you just find the stuff. Any *nix o/s can open zip but I think gzip is more standard for *nix. And you have to have a program to open zip, gzip, any compressed file.

Linux uses a few partition types, ext2, ext3, reiserfs, xfs, jfs. But you can make another partition and use the file system NTFS.

Linux's directories are different than windows they're like this /path/to/file.

It sounds like you should just stick to windows.
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Old 07-23-2005, 09:49 PM   #3
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Or to OS/2 lol

Nah, Might as well stick with XO, Vista and ME

I though Lindows would be the same as Windows, but I got wrong there too
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Old 07-24-2005, 10:31 PM   #4
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You can run windows apps in a *nix environment with this software:
http://www.winehq.com/
Or you can run some windows games with cedega:
http://www.transgaming.com/
Personally, I find nothing I can do in windows that I can't do in Linux.

Also, KDE provides a good "windows feel" if that's what your after...
On my linux box, I can read NTFS but not write.
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Default Re: Searching for a Linux distro

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Is there ANY Linux distros that runs like windows?

If it's Lindows, is it downloadable or do I have to buy the full package?

BTW, Lindows is from Linspire

EDIT:

I want a Linux distro that will:

1. Support NTFS
2. Have a directory like eg: C:\Something
3. Open .EXE file, .ZIP file and all other Windows files that don't require a special application torun them
4. Have the interface of Linux
Your OS does not exist currently. But you can come pretty close.

1) NTFS support can be obtained from (http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/). You have to install the kernel module and follow the instructions.

2) Only Windows uses the C:/ directory naming convention. GNU/Linux, BSD and Unix variations use the / convention. You'll get used to it quickly.

3) GNU/Linux does not support .exe but you can get WINE (www.winehq.org) which is something like an emulator to run .exe files. Results are pretty varied.
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