Windows emulator


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by Meeee » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:47 pm
Hi All
Sorry if this has been asked before but is there a windows emulator available for the Debian Linux OS that will run on the PI

many thanks

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by sdjf » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:26 pm
There are a couple of threads about Windows port in the Other Distributions forum:
viewforum.php?f=56

One is at the very top of the above list at the moment, but here is another one further down discussing the issues:

viewtopic.php?f=56&t=6510
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by Meeee » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:56 pm
Sorry I meant is it possible to run windows based apps without having to install windows itself.

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by billb » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:55 am
Theoretically that's possible using a combination of WINE and qemu, but it's not something I'd want to attempt.
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by itimpi » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:57 am
billb wrote:Theoretically that's possible using a combination of WINE and qemu, but it's not something I'd want to attempt.

Wine will not run on the RPi as it requires an x86 type processor and the RPi uses an ARM processor!

Any sort of emulation would be excruciatingly slow so for practical purposes you cannot run Windows program's.
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by ghans » Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:07 am
Dietmars efforts with qemu-user were resulting in "playable" speed.
Whatever that means.


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by billb » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:16 pm
itimpi wrote:Wine will not run on the RPi as it requires an x86 type processor and the RPi uses an ARM processor!


Right -- that's where qemu x86 user mode emulation comes in.

http://wiki.qemu.org/download/qemu-doc.html
- User mode emulation. In this mode, QEMU can launch processes compiled for one CPU on another CPU. It can be used to launch the Wine Windows API emulator (http://www.winehq.org ) or to ease cross-compilation and cross-debugging.


There was a project (now dead) for PowerPC-based Macs called Darwine which meant to accomplish the same thing.

I'm in agreement that it would most likely be too slow for practical use, but I haven't seen it running so I couldn't say for sure. There's a related topic on the forums here:

viewtopic.php?f=41&t=12727
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