What computer, what software for a lab? (take II)

Subject: What computer, what software for a lab? (take II)
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Sam Beard <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 12:18:36 -0400

Sam Beard wondered: <<I heard that one of them (possibly Fusion?)
will allow you to run a Windows program just like running another Mac
app, meaning that you don't necessarily have to start up the
virtualization software, only the app you want to run.>>

Possibly you're thinking of CrossOver (http://www.codeweavers.com/
products/cxmac/)? Reports from a friend suggest it's fairly buggy at
this stage of its development, and that many standard productivity
apps aren't yet supported well enough for prime time; the developer's
list of officially supported applications is small, and their
database of tested programs suggests significant problems for
standard programs such as Office 2003.

Crossovers appears to work via WINE [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Wine_(software)], which is a way-cool technological achievement, but
it will probably never be as fast or reliable as actually running the
programs under Windows. One particular problem you may find is that
Microsoft and other developers control piracy by scanning the
registry or some other hidden code to ensure you're running a
legitimate, registered copy of their software. So odds are excellent
you won't be able to upgrade your software or run any patches.


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References:
RE: what computer, what software for a lab?: From: David Hailey
Re: what computer, what software for a lab?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
What computer, what software for a lab? (take II): From: Geoff Hart
RE: What computer, what software for a lab? (take II): From: Sam Beard

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