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OT. Is anyone running Access with the Linux OS?

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Nov 12 '05 #1
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"Sald" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
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Not unless they are running it under a Windows emulator; Access itself is a
Windows application and does not have a Linux version.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP

Nov 12 '05 #2

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Larry Linson wrote:
"Sald" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
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Not unless they are running it under a Windows emulator; Access itself is a
Windows application and does not have a Linux version.


Yes. I was wondering how well the emulators out there worked.

What prompted this was I was talking to a person that said they were testing
their old FoxPro app on Linux. I was unaware Linux ran MS-Dos programs. Then
I saw a link for running Windows apps under a Linux emulator.

Nov 12 '05 #3

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"Larry Linson" <bo*****@localhost.not> wrote in message news:<3i*****************@nwrddc01.gnilink.net>...
"Sald" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
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Not unless they are running it under a Windows emulator; Access itself is a
Windows application and does not have a Linux version.


Baffles me why anyone would want to go to that trouble; IIRC mySQL
comes with most distributions to begin with.
Nov 12 '05 #4

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They are probably using Samba server and just using the Linux box as a flat
file sharing device. They could just as well be using network attached
storage. The only thing I am impressed with about Samba is that it kind of
looks like a windows server to windows clients and communicates with the old
SMB protocol - hence the name Samba...

I would be interested to hear differently, as in they used some emulator to
run the actual application.

--
Jerry Boone
Analytical Technologies, Inc.
http://www.antech.biz
Secure Hosting and Development Solutions for ASP, ASP.NET, SQL Server, and
Access

"Salad" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
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Larry Linson wrote:
"Sald" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
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Not unless they are running it under a Windows emulator; Access itself is a Windows application and does not have a Linux version.
Yes. I was wondering how well the emulators out there worked.

What prompted this was I was talking to a person that said they were

testing their old FoxPro app on Linux. I was unaware Linux ran MS-Dos programs. Then I saw a link for running Windows apps under a Linux emulator.

Nov 12 '05 #5

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My understanding is that VMWare is completely solid. You are running a real
copy of Windows on software-emulated hardware. Of course, VMWare is not free,
and you have to actually purchase and install a copy of Windows to install on
the VM.

Alternatively, you can run Access using an API emulation layer like wine
(free) or Crossover Office ($). Access will technically run on these, but I'm
not at all sure how well.

On Tue, 23 Dec 2003 09:46:28 GMT, Salad <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote:
Larry Linson wrote:
"Sald" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
news:3F***************@vinegar.com...

Not unless they are running it under a Windows emulator; Access itself is a
Windows application and does not have a Linux version.


Yes. I was wondering how well the emulators out there worked.

What prompted this was I was talking to a person that said they were testing
their old FoxPro app on Linux. I was unaware Linux ran MS-Dos programs. Then
I saw a link for running Windows apps under a Linux emulator.


Nov 12 '05 #6

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I must be confused... so you install VMWare on a Linux box, then load a
license of windows into VMWare? I have used VMWare for years, but never
entertained using it this way... particularly for clients. If I were a big
Linux dev (the kind that doesn't steal SCO/Unix code and claim it...
instilling doubt into the entire future of the OS - don't look, it's just a
small chip on my shoulder) I might be more up to speed. It all sounds kind
of contradictory to me at this point... so anyway...

--
Jerry Boone
Analytical Technologies, Inc.
http://www.antech.biz
Secure Hosting and Development Solutions for ASP, ASP.NET, SQL Server, and
Access

"Steve Jorgensen" <no****@nospam.nospam> wrote in message
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My understanding is that VMWare is completely solid. You are running a real copy of Windows on software-emulated hardware. Of course, VMWare is not free, and you have to actually purchase and install a copy of Windows to install on the VM.

Alternatively, you can run Access using an API emulation layer like wine
(free) or Crossover Office ($). Access will technically run on these, but I'm not at all sure how well.

On Tue, 23 Dec 2003 09:46:28 GMT, Salad <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote:
Larry Linson wrote:
"Sald" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
news:3F***************@vinegar.com...

Not unless they are running it under a Windows emulator; Access itself is a Windows application and does not have a Linux version.


Yes. I was wondering how well the emulators out there worked.

What prompted this was I was talking to a person that said they were testingtheir old FoxPro app on Linux. I was unaware Linux ran MS-Dos programs. ThenI saw a link for running Windows apps under a Linux emulator.

Nov 12 '05 #7

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On 23 Dec 2003 04:29:36 -0800 in comp.databases.ms-access,
ph*****@hotmail.com (phobos) wrote:
"Larry Linson" <bo*****@localhost.not> wrote in message news:<3i*****************@nwrddc01.gnilink.net>...
"Sald" <oi*@vinegar.com> wrote in message
news:3F***************@vinegar.com...

Not unless they are running it under a Windows emulator; Access itself is a
Windows application and does not have a Linux version.


Baffles me why anyone would want to go to that trouble; IIRC mySQL
comes with most distributions to begin with.


And for the front-end?

Besides, if you had your "greatest thing since sliced bread"
application written in Access, a potential client with Linux, what do
you do? Re-write your applciation?
--
A)bort, R)etry, I)nfluence with large hammer.
Nov 12 '05 #8

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On Tue, 23 Dec 2003 17:32:28 GMT, "Jerry Boone" <je***@antech.biz.killspam>
wrote:
I must be confused... so you install VMWare on a Linux box, then load a
license of windows into VMWare? I have used VMWare for years, but never
entertained using it this way... particularly for clients. If I were a big
Linux dev (the kind that doesn't steal SCO/Unix code and claim it...
instilling doubt into the entire future of the OS - don't look, it's just a
small chip on my shoulder) I might be more up to speed. It all sounds kind
of contradictory to me at this point... so anyway...


I wasn't suggesting it made sense to do this, just that that's a way to do it.
Nov 12 '05 #9

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Steve Jorgensen <no****@nospam.nospam> wrote:
My understanding is that VMWare is completely solid. You are running a real
copy of Windows on software-emulated hardware.


Very much so. It's quite interesting to see a BIOS bootup screen running inside
Windows. Then you see the standard startup screens and so forth. When doing the
initial setup the install mechanism "formats" the empty partition to "create" C drive
and so on.

(Sorry for the delay. ISP not processing outbound messages for a few days.)

Tony
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Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
Please respond only in the newsgroups so that others can
read the entire thread of messages.
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Nov 12 '05 #10

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FWIW check out the WINE project. www.winehq.com. I haven't investigate it closely
lately but I recall a posting or two along the lines of "MS Office apps are the most
work to get running smoothly under WINE." Surprise, surprise.

(Sorry for the delay. ISP not processing outbound messages for a few days.)

Tony
--
Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
Please respond only in the newsgroups so that others can
read the entire thread of messages.
Microsoft Access Links, Hints, Tips & Accounting Systems at
http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
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