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So like I have some programs like Voc@loid, windows version of MSN messenger I want to use is there a way where i could like running Mac OS and just have those specific programs out instead of using a parallel which drains more battery so my friends say.

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I use VMWARE Fusion, but I will be trying Darwine windows "Emulator" for Mac OSX (Intel only, Tiger or Leopard)

http://www.kronenberg.org/darwine/

Or install MacPorts, which lets you run Linux applications, and then install the latest "Wine" release, since Darwine doesn't seem very updated. Google Macports/Wine, as my cut and paste function is not working for some reason (never had this issue before!)

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Hmm those seem like you need to have windows running to be able to do that just parallels and not like the games one where u can just open the game :S

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I don't really know what you mean, but with VMWARE/Parallels, yes, you need to have Windows running. With Wine (and I assume Darwine), you don't, it just loads the components it needs (MS DLL's, parts of the Kernel, etc). Then you just associate your windows application to run with Wine in the Mac dialog box that comes up, and it supposedly just works. Not everything will work mind you.

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oh nvm then wine will do just fine but it just don't work if i'm going to run like really complicated programs right? i just want to run window's msn and i'll use crossover to play games~

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oh nvm then wine will do just fine but it just don't work if i'm going to run like really complicated programs right? i just want to run window's msn and i'll use crossover to play games~


Crossover is, AFAIK, built on Wine. If you have Crossover, you don't need the free Wine / Darwine.

It also has nothing to do with complexity, per se. If the program is written well and happens to use
APIs that are well supported under Wine, things will work. I run Multisim, AutoCAD and occasionally IDA Pro under Darwine. They all work great, and are all certainly complex programs. I've had small programs (keygens and things) that don't work under Wine. <shrug> Luck of the draw, if you like.

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I can't even play starcraft properly it lagsss sooooo much =[





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