Configure linux for windows users

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Open a terminal (Applications–>Accessories–> Terminal) or press Ctrl+Alt+T. You will also need Internet connection.

1.- Java runtime environment
Many programs are written in java so you must have java jre to run them 

1.- Download the file

2 .- Unpack

# sh jre-6u17-linux-i586.bin

# mv  jre1.6.0_17  /opt

3.- Delete the old java definition

# rm /usr/bin/java

4.- Make simbolic links

# ln -s /opt/jre1.6.0_17/bin/java /usr/bin/java

# ln -s /opt/jre1.6.0_17/bin/java_vm /usr/bin/ java_vm

# ln -s /opt/jre1.6.0_17/bin/ javaws  /usr/bin/javaws

5.- Create JAVA_HOME variable

$ sudo echo ‘export JAVA_HOME=/opt/jre/bin/’ > /etc/profile.d/
$ sudo echo ‘export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH’ >> /etc/profile.d/
$ source /etc/profile.d/
$ java -version

java version “1.6.0_17”

Ready. Now you can run any java software

$ java -jar program.jar


2.- Multimedia

Music and video: SMPlayer, VLC, clementine

$ apt-get instal smplayer vlc clementine


$ sudo wget –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get update

Install w32codecs or w64codecs

$ sudo apt-get install non-free-codecs

DVD support

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/


Alcohol for linux, Flash player, DVDRipper

$ apt-get install acetoneiso flashplugin-nonfree acidrip

3.- Internet

Messenger for linux, Download Manager

$ sudo apt-get install emesene jdownloader

4.- Run windows software (not all)

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa && sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install wine

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5 Archiver/ Packing software

$ sudo apt-get install unace rar unrar zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar sharutils uudeview mpack lha arj cabextract file-roller

6 Utilities

Google gadgets

$ apt-get install google-gadgets-gtk

Clipboard Management,

$ sudo apt-get install glipper

7 Configure linux for windows users

1 Theme Windows 7

Download Here

Extract and execute

$ ./

2 Software

3 Enable windows button

Press ALT+F2

gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/panel_main_menu –type string “Super_L”

Now you can lauch the main menu with the windows button

If you really miss windows install a virus XD. After all this configurations your linux will be like this:

windows linux


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