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How to run Windows app on Fedora Core 2

I have a working copy of Fedora Core 2 on my box and would like to run a few Windows applications. How can I do that? What software do I need? Is there any Opensource available for this purpose.

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leew, can you give me some insight into how to go about configuring it? Do I need to fully install a Windows version on the hard drive or will it run my apps without?
Crossover is a much better solution to run windoze apps in my opinion. I have never known anyone to have to much luck. You can find additional info at:

http://www.codeweavers.com/site/products/cxoffice/?cw=f9a453a93fad9ac6cd203daa46d4cc3e

I am not sure what apps you are looking to run, but I run things like Dreamweaver and Photoshop daily. Hope this helps.

If you search the net long enough you may find an older version of Crossover that you will not have to pay for. Good Luck.
EDIT- Crossover is a much better solution to run windoze apps in my opinion. I have never known anyone to have to much luck configuring WINE.
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Crossover I assume is Fedora 2 compatible? I can't find a compatability list.
Crossover will work on most platforms including Fedora Core 1,2 and on 3 which I am using.
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"If you search the net long enough you may find an older version of Crossover"

What versions might still be hanging around?
Let me add VMWare to the list... It's not free, but there is a free demonstration version available on their website (http://www.vmware.com/), it's trivial to install and it suffers no compatibility problems whatsoever.

Any other Wine / Crossover / Bochs and the like solutions will have compatibility problems.
I searched to no avail for an older version for you but was unable to find version 1.0.x. I beg to differ with mac that you will have compatibility problems, I could go on and on about all the apps I have used with it. Here is a list of officially supported apps:

http://www.codeweavers.com/site/products/cxoffice/supported_apps/
mmm... my point was that ONLY VMWARE has no compatibility problem. Crossover definitely has.
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The only open source appears to be Wine?

How about some opinions on the the question posted earlier?

"can you give me some insight into how to go about configuring it? Do I need to fully install a Windows version on the hard drive or will it run my apps without?"

Is it as simple as downloading the app and running an install?

I looked at VMware and Win2Lin and neither said FedoraCore 2 was a suported version?

Will all these support DOS apps as well?
VMWare needs a full Windows + license

Wine and Codeweavers don't (but you still need a Windows license to run IE or an MS Office license to run MS Word)

And the installation procedures can usually be found on the company's websites (.rpm are quite often available).

VMWare is possibly not supported for FedoraCore (which is *not* considered as a stable professional evironment by RedHat as far as I know), but I ran it on several non-supported Linux distributions with no issues whatsoever.
Vmware needs more resources than wine or crossover, as it runs a full copy of windows inside your linux system. Winde and crossover is more or less the same thing, crossover just is more userfriendly at configuring the system.

If a product isn't specificaly supported by a system that doesn't mean it won't work on that system.

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Are there any issues running DOS apps on any of the above? Will it run in a Window similar to what Windows does now? or will it allow a command line to run the DOS app from?

Thanks,
In Vmware it will be just like run DOS app from a Windows machine. For running DOS apps from Linux there is a separate DOS emulator. I haven't had the need to run DOS apps yet so I wouldn't be sure how that works, but you will probably be able to decide whether to run them in a window or fullscreen.
I haven't used VMWare in quite a while, but it's essentially just a "virtual" computer - if you want, you can install DOS in it instead of Windows.  Or even do a software dual boot with Windows and DOS or even another version of Linux.  It really is like having a second computer within your computer.  
ReactOS (www.reactos.org) running on QEMU (http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu) is something you may want to check out. Haven't tried them myself, so if you do and have any success maybe you'll post the results.

(Information source: "Linux Format" magazine)
WINE is the only open source solution

here is a howto for it
http://www.winehq.com/site/howto

and what kind of program do u want to use ?
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Wine is actualy what I've installed. I've got to say it's bare bones and not very helpful. I may go down another path and try some of the other suggestions.

The original question was for an opensource and I believe win fits the bill.

Thanks for all the posts and suggestions.
so whats the few windows application ur trying to use ?

as i could help u out with them