Portable Apps on Wine within Linux

Discuss about portable apps that run under Win32 emulation on non-Windows OS eg. WINE.
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Portable Apps on Wine within Linux

#1 Post by teobromina » Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:24 am

Good morning.

After long time I come back with this subject. But I have changed the method. Until now I was making trials on Slax Killbill Edition http://www.slax.org/ . Now I am making trials on an installed Linux "Ubuntu Studio" http://ubuntustudio.org/ , a distribution for multimedia edition.

I have installed Wine 0.9.45 in Ubuntu Studio, I have tested the major part of my core PORTABLE apps and the result is sumarized in the links page of my web site:

http://www.telefonica.net/web2/ttk/lnk.htm

All the apps that did run on Wine in Slax now are running in Ubuntu Studio, and all the apps that did not run on Wine in Slax now are not running in Ubuntu Studio. So We must conclude that the behaviour of the different apps does not depends on the distribution, therefore I am confident that my conclussions are good for any distribution.

I have tested around 90 Windows portable apps, and about the half of them run on Wine (some of them with, but the majority without comments).

In my case this is changing my working scenario: Since I want portability at any time, and within all the OS that I need (Windows and Linux), I will keep only using, whilst I can, apps that are portable ALSO in Linux on a Wine device (Windows Emulator), and I will be using the apps that not run on Wine, seldom, being gathered in another different folder to avoid confussion with the ones that run.

I know that some of the apps that today did not run on Wine need a little tunning; may be in near future I will give them some chance. If I succeed in my trials I will post the results.

Generally the apps that did not run on Wine were highly dependant on DLLs or other Windows libraries, or are too much related to the file tree or have a big size, and Wine cannot manage the needed memory, or depend on the design of their GUI ('too much drag and drop'). This knowledge could be usefull to the developers of portable apps, to avoid such circumstances.

OK. I will come back later.

Regards.

*JT. 8)
"Lo que tengas que hacer, hazlo pronto" (Juan 13, 27) / "What you do, do quickly" (John 13, 27)
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teobromina / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine

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The list

#2 Post by teobromina » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:25 am

In order to make more easy to access the list of portable Windows programs that are portable in Linux enabled with Wine, I am enclosing below the list extracted from my database up to date:

tit -- cls -- lnk
Foxit PDF reader -- Edit -- http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php
Notepad2 -- Edit -- http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html
BlockNote.Net -- Edit -- http://www.blocknote.net/index.shtml
Scite -- Edit -- http://www.scintilla.org
ntnot -- Edit -- http://www.notgnu.org/
Tomahawk -- Edit -- http://www.nativewinds.montana.com/soft ... ahawk.html
Tidy GUI -- Edit -- http://perso.wanadoo.fr/ablavier/TidyGUI
CADstd -- Image -- http://www.cadstd.com/
Blender -- Image -- http://www.blender.org/
Art Rage -- Image -- http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html
Irfanview -- Image -- http://www.irfanview.com/
Diagram Designer -- Image -- http://meesoft.logicnet.dk/
Fast Stone Image Viewer -- Image -- http://www.faststone.org/
Photofiltre -- Image -- http://www.photofiltre.com/
Room Arranger -- Image -- http://www.roomarranger.com/
Math Expression Calculator -- PIM -- http://www.mathbay.com/products/mathexp/
Treesize -- PIM -- http://www.jam-software.com/
HTTP File Server -- PIM -- http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/
CSVEd -- PIM -- http://home.hccnet.nl/s.j.francke/t2t/text2table.htm
FTP Commander (WS_FTP) -- PIM -- http://www.thefreesite.com/Free_Software/FTP_freeware/
Auto Menu -- PIM -- http://www.net-burner.com/Products/AutoMenu.cfm
PStart -- PIM -- http://www.pegtop.net/
DIRhtml -- PIM -- http://home.pacbell.net/nitzsche/dirhtml/dirhtml.html
Spread 32 -- PIM -- http://www.byedesign.freeserve.co.uk
TablePro -- PIM -- http://www.download.com/TablePro/3000-2 ... 48792.html [moderator note: recommend avoiding download.com due to included adware.]
SQLite Browser -- PIM -- http://sqlitebrowser.sourceforge.net
SyncBack -- PIM -- http://www.SyncBack.com/
ICEMirror -- PIM -- http://www.ice-graphics.com/IndexE.html
RIPcoder -- PIM -- http://kach.nm.ru/info.dhtml
Super -- Play -- http://super.softonic.com/ [moderator note: recommend avoiding softonic downloads due to adware.]
CDex -- Play -- http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdexos
Mp4 to Cam Easy Converter -- Play -- http://sourceforge.net/projects/mp4cam2avi/
The Word -- Play -- http://www.theword.gr/
GNUChess -- Play -- http://www.tim-mann.org/gnuchess.html
Mp3 Direct Cut -- Play -- http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html
RegSeeker -- System -- http://www.softonic.com/ie/23620/RegSeeker [moderator note: recommend avoiding softonic downloads due to adware.]
WinImp -- System -- http://www.technelysium.com.au/winimpdl.html
Ultimate ZIP -- System -- http://www.ultimatezip.com/
MagicISO -- System -- http://www.magiciso.com/
Ad-aware -- System -- http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
7Zip -- System -- http://sourceforge.net/projects/sevenzip/
CDCheck -- System -- http://elpros.si/CDCheck/
CurrProcess -- System -- http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/index.html
CurrPorts -- System -- http://www.nirsoft.net/

Regards.

*JT.
"Lo que tengas que hacer, hazlo pronto" (Juan 13, 27) / "What you do, do quickly" (John 13, 27)
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teobromina / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine

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Fine tunning

#3 Post by teobromina » Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:04 am

After fine tunning and some extra tests I have to conclude that the given list is correct.

Very interesting to know the result of some trials:
- NVU was not running in Slax but it was running both, in DSL and in Ubuntu Studio.
- 1by1 had the same behaviour: It was not running in Slax but it was running both, in DSL and in Ubuntu Studio.

The conclussion is in favor of the smaller distribution, DSL, that proves to be very good as a plattform for portable apps in Linux.

The way I have performed the latter trials is very comfortable:
0/ I had Wine in the Linux system, either installed (Ubuntu) or as a module or extension (DSL and Slax).
1/ I copied the folder with my Windows portable apps in the home directory of Linux (a place where I can read and write).
2/ I started PStart, clicking in its icon; when Linux prompt to me what application must open the file PStart (not necessary in Slax), I write "wine".
3/ I followed indicating PStart to search as a folder for applications to launch, the folder with portable apps in the home directory.
3/ I started one by one with PStart the apps, and performed trials.

That is all; simple and fast 8)

I have updated my links page with the last results: http://www.telefonica.net/web2/ttk/lnk.htm

Regards.

*JT.
"Lo que tengas que hacer, hazlo pronto" (Juan 13, 27) / "What you do, do quickly" (John 13, 27)
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teobromina / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine

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