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[ale] End of XP

Thanks Jay. I downloaded a 64bit copy of Zorin and I'll give it a spin.
I'll also take a look at "CinnaMint" I have noticed some chatter about Mint
on the list, but hadn't heard any discussion of Zorin. It may be that
Business Vision is obsolete now, our copy is 11 years old, I think. It,
along with most other non-quicken accounting packages, is/was now owned by
Sage Software.


On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM, Jay Lozier <jslozier at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greg
> Zorin is good replacement especially with Wine and PlayOnLinux installed.
> It is Ubuntu based so it has plenty of packages in the repository.
> An alternate is Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop. It seems to be
> fairly close to Windows XP/7 that most Windows users can easily make the
> transition.
> I do not if the accounting software will run well with Wine but I would
> try it. If it does not, the commercial version of Wine (Crossover from
> CodeWeavers) might do better. Even if they had to purchase a copy of the
> commercial version for $60.00 it will be cheaper overall. I did not find
> Business Vision listed on CodeWeavers.
> Jay
> On 03/21/2014 12:29 PM, Greg Clifton wrote:
>> OK, so M$ puts a steak in the heart of XP next month.
>> Unfortunately, my office and most of our customers are still running Win
>> XP, through Win 7 downgrade option.
>> So, I am looking at options. I saw an article on Zorin OS the other day
>> as a look alike and pretty much work alike replacement for XP with Wine and
>> PlayOnLinux built in. Maybe I could use this to "wean" the boss off of
>> Windows.
>> No need to flame on M$, I just looking for suggestions on a safe/easy
>> transition out the Windows world that can run on 5 year old hardware. Any
>> other suggestions for a platform move that could still run Windows apps
>> (mostly Business Vision accounting software) under Linux, hopefully with
>> minimal disruption?
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Greg Clifton
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