Two recent threads by mack have been encouraging more use of linux by Windows users. Carrying on from suggestions in those threads on using Windows emulators:
Accepting that there are some apps that are not available in adequate form on linux, what are the options for running them under a Windows emulator and what is the optimum one (if there is such a thing!)?
My own particular requirement is for genealogy software. It must be compatible with a specific Windows-based proprietary database and must work across the local network of three Windows 2000 machines and (initially) one linux machine without disk access/path problems and without (obviously!) losing data.
For testing web sites I also need to be able to run various versions of MSIE. Currently I can only test locally using IE6 since nothing later works on Windows 2000 (and I do NOT like any later MS OS!). My current method of testing using MSIE-7 and MSIE-8 is to run them on my online servers (both 2003) which is clumsy. Is Windows emulator under linux a possible solution or is there still MS's "one machine one IE" restriction?
My other "must have" is to be able to launch Access files to view and modify - not OO alternatives but the true thing, which as far as I can determine is not possible directly under linux.
Finally, what kind of impact would specific emulators have on speed and resources?
For what it's worth my linux machine runs Ubuntu (currently Hardy).