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how to open EXE files in Kubuntu?


GNOME - Sep 30 2011
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Question:I want to install silverlight so i could do school work.(the program is asking for it)
how do i open it i already download it.
sorry im new to kubuntu..
im trying to use it..





Answer:Simple answer...you don't ;)

But I guess that's not what you wanted to hear...so here the explanation and some solution suggestions. ".exe" files are windows executables. Linux can't handle those (the same way as windows can't handle linux executables). There are various reasons for this...like the "structure" of executable files is different or system libraries (.so in linux or .dll in windows) being not available on both systems.

Now windows executables are pretty common and a lot programs are only available in a windows version (like silverlight for example). The wine-project (http://www.winehq.org/) tries to offer a layer to make it possible to run windows executables in linux (and other unix like system like macOS). Though wine works fine for a lot of programs silverlight doesn't seem to be one of them (http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=6642). You can try it out but I wouldn't put hopes to high there. Now there is another alternative for silverlight on linux...the Moonlight project (http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight). As I never had to deal with silverlight before I have no clue how good it is as replacement. A last resort if you want to stay somehow with linux for your homework but still be able to follow the instructions given in class might be something like VirtualBox (https://www.virtualbox.org/). With this you can install a virtual version of windows that can be run from within linux.

Hope this helped somehow. Oh..and don't forget to rant in class about lessons requiring a specific OS to follow. ;)




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