Subject: Re: support for a small US college going GNU?
From: Jeremy White <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 16:37:26 -0500

In my rather biased opinion, another key tool is Wine (
Wine lets you run Windows programs, unmodified, and they run as though
they were native Linux applications.  The challenge with Wine has always
been that it's a very ambitious project, and there are often warts or
problems in running any given application (if you can get it running at

However, a certain friendly Free Software company has been working
its heart out to gradually improve Wine, so that it is increasingly robust.
Further, we're finding that increasingly, even if we have to do work
on a service basis to improve Wine to run an application, Wine can
still be more cost effective than Citrix.



Anderson, Kelly wrote:
> One possibly useful approach to having a way out (especially for the odd
> application that is only available on Windows) would be to use Citrix
> Metaframe, and set up Windows servers that could be accessed through
> Linux desktop systems (That sounds a little backwards than normal,
> doesn't it :-)
> Anyway, this would allow users to access Window's applications they
> might depend upon without requireing a Window's box.
> Citrix Metaframe is similar to Microsoft Terminal Services, but it's
> more highly configurable and manageable.
> -Kelly 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karsten M. Self [] 
> Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 3:25 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: support for a small US college going GNU?
>    4. Have a way out.  There are various ways in which to trial
>       applications and configurations.  
>       Remote access means you can support GNU/Linux configurations over
>       XDMCP, VNC, or similar techniques.  
>       Legacy MS Windows also offers remote access options, though with
>       very little of the flexibilty offered by GNU/Linux.  Tools such as
>       rdesktop and VNC can allow as-needed access to an MS Windows box,
>       and possibly Windows Terminal Services (WTS).
>       Another option is virtualization software such as Xen and VMWare.
>       The former actually runs on base hardware, partitioning it amongst
>       several guest OSs.  VMWare can run in server (base HW) or
>       workstation (user-space application) mode.  Both allow access to
>       multiple environments and configurations.  While not ideal, for
>       users with legitimate needs to multiple operating environments,
>       they're powerful tools.
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