Ask Your Question

Can a DOS .exe be run on a linus OS?

asked 2018-11-29 10:14:43 -0500

gellis gravatar image

If a DOS .exe can be run on a Linus OS how is it done?

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete


It depends, generally you use wine, but results are variable depending on how some or complex the .exe. see or similar to start and if you have a problem installing wine ask here, if it a config or run error perhaps winehq

Panther gravatar imagePanther ( 2018-11-29 12:47:51 -0500 )edit

If you do install dosbox and run your old dos app under it, you might want to be running under the older gnome-xorg desktop. Dosbox will run under Wayland but I have had issues with keyboard arrows not working and also the mouse looses context when moved away from the open window and no longer will respond properly.

nmgiffin gravatar imagenmgiffin ( 2018-11-29 15:49:01 -0500 )edit

3 Answers

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted

answered 2018-11-29 12:53:56 -0500

nmgiffin gravatar image

There is a package called dosbox that I have installed to specifically run old dos exe files under linux. If you are looking to run windows apps then the wine package is a good bet.

edit flag offensive delete link more



answered 2018-11-29 17:13:44 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2018-11-29 17:23:14 -0500

The answer depends a lot on how you frame your question.

The way you asked the answer is No, GNU/Linux will not be able to execute .exe files

If you would ask if there are ways to execute binaries that were compiled for the MS-DOS operating system, well, Yes, there are emulators, see @nmgiffin's answer.

edit flag offensive delete link more

answered 2018-11-29 18:29:31 -0500

ed209 gravatar image

Computer says NO. You could try an emulator like Qemu and run dos within. Besides, there doesn't exist anything at all called "Linus OS", to the best of my knowledge.

edit flag offensive delete link more



Maybe Linus' OS?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-11-29 21:24:27 -0500 )edit
ed209 gravatar imageed209 ( 2018-12-01 12:50:55 -0500 )edit
florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-12-01 23:57:46 -0500 )edit

Didn't knew Torvalds wrote a whole os. Last time I checked he wrote the kernel.

ed209 gravatar imageed209 ( 2018-12-04 13:58:52 -0500 )edit

Question Tools


Asked: 2018-11-29 10:14:43 -0500

Seen: 164 times

Last updated: Nov 29 '18