Ever wanted to run Windows (Microsoft’s) programs or exe files at Linux? If yes then, Wine is for you. Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.
I have compiled some of the best free media players for Linux OS to play almost any video, audio formats you will ever need as a Linux user.
MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems. It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies. Another great feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB, but you can use GGI, SDL (and this way all their drivers), VESA (on every VESA compatible card, even without X11!) and some low level card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and ATI), too! Most of them support software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in fullscreen. MPlayer supports displaying through some hardware MPEG decoder boards, such as the Siemens DVB, DXR2 and DXR3/Hollywood+. MPlayer has an onscreen display (OSD) for status information, nice big antialiased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls. European/ISO 8859-1,2 (Hungarian, English, Czech, etc), Cyrillic and Korean fonts are supported along with 12 subtitle formats (MicroDVD, SubRip, OGM, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub, PJS and our own: MPsub). DVD subtitles (SPU streams, VOBsub and Closed Captions) are supported as well.
I can not ignore Linux users after posting FTP softwares for Windows and MAC. If MAC users are Pros then Linux users are Gurus. I have always a deep respect for Linux users. They are kind of self sufficient when it comes to OS and software. ftp is the old common standard file transfer tool from netkit. This is a basic thing installed on all Linux systems. Yet we have a list of other more powerful FTP clients and servers for Linux. Here are top Download/Upload managers or FTP clients for Linux.
Ubuntu is easy, most friendly and the most popular distribution which makes Linux really fun. I have been posting about how to reset windows administrator password and now here is a way to reset root password in Ubuntu. There is a way of resetting the root password via booting into rescue mode but this one is more smart and quick.
Classic old school games are still fun to play because these are easy to play and consume less memory. For Windows there are many emulators and programs developed to play these games but for Linux and MAC resources are not available up to enough level. However here are some emulators which will enable you to play those classic games at Linux and MAC also.
Well you use Windows until some virus hits the OS and things begin to crash and finally you have to re-install the damn windows again. You ask yourself, “Heck, I had an antivirus software too which could not defend my PC against viruses either”. Average user re-installs windows once in a month. Expert user will re-install windows after 4 to 6 months due to inevitable viruses/malware/adware/trojans attacks.
Have you heard anybody using Linux complaining about viruses? Less people are using Linux, so less people are creating viruses for Linux or not at all. Or may be these are Linux users, who are creating viruses for windows users! Anyways Linux is virus free. I know, I know, Linux is a D3vil – tough to master – not for average users. I am not suggesting you to switch to Linux. Still we got a solution for everybody. Its Linux + Windows.
Yep! Meet Linux-XP. An operating system that everybody can use, withOUT viruses.
Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you’ll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools. Portable Ubuntu for Windows is a Ubuntu system running as a Windows application. This system is built with the Colinux Kernel, Xming X server and Pulseaudio server for Windows. You can carry it on your thumb drive.