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Well, maybe no beer. I see ch 16 is about running Windows® apps. I used to have to use Wine to run the Ordnance Survey (=OS) map app, which required Silverlight, and there is a Linux equivalent. For the last couple of years, OS have no longer required Silverlight, and the map app seems to run nicely in common or garden Firefox on Linux. There are just a few apps which seem to require Windows. For example, the PDF downloads from the British Library, or the podcasts (there is one tomorrow) from the ACM (=Association for Computing Machinery). Do you think I could use Wine/VirtualBox or similar to run such apps which otherwise require Windows? Does the book say anything about that sort of thing?
 
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I do get into Wine and Virtualization. Wine has a nice database that'll give you a sense of how well a program will run: https://appdb.winehq.org/
I've never needed Wine or a virtual machine to view PDFs. Adobe Reader is in some of the repos. I wonder if that would work for you. But if Wine doesn't work, a virtual Windows machine is pretty much foolproof. All you need is RAM and disk space. The book gets into all of this, though, because some people depend upon Windows-only programs.
 
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Flash is peculiar. Adobe don't seem to be updating the Linux version, so would you use Wine or install some other program instead? There was something associated with inter‑library loans which I had to install a version of Flash8 for.

This seems strange to me. It is a bit like the sign on the road saying, “London 25 miles. Fords only.” Nobody builds roads for one make of car only, so how do people get away with software for one operating system only?
I had a quick look at the Wine database, thank you
 
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Flash is a whole other thing and you're right -- it's weird when a site requires a specific version to function. There's Flash and Flash alternatives in most repositories and if I'm not mistaken, Flash is self-contained within Chrome now, which makes it less of an issue. I guess it depends which sites you use, though...
 
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Steven Ovadia wrote:. . . Flash is self-contained within Chrome now . . .
Useful information. Thank you.
 
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And just to be clear, Chrome has made HTML5 the preferred display format, with Flash an opt-in: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/9/13903878/google-chrome-block-flash-html5
It used to come bundled with Flash. I'm not sure if that's still the case given the new policy: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/enable-flash-player-google-chrome.html
 
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I tried one site which would't open because of Flash version problems and it ran nicely on Chrome. Thank you. There is more about the problem on the Ashampoo® blog.
 
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I'm glad Flash is being phased out!
 
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