Application Compatibility

Current page status (late 2012)

This page has not been updated for several years (since approximately 2007) and has fallen several out of date, and the administrators at present have no intention of updating it.

You see, back then, we had a couple of dozen apps; now we have hundreds, and rapid release cycles have become more popular, too.

Unless otherwise specified, this is the state of environment support for products and apps:

  • Windows 95/98 are not supported and no new apps will run on them.
  • Windows 2000 is mostly supported, but some apps no longer support it.
  • Windows XP is supported.
  • Windows Vista is supported.
  • Windows 7 is supported.
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2008 should be supported.
  • Windows 8 should be supported.
  • Linux/Unix with Wine is typically supported (the Launcher and Platform specifically support this environment, but some base apps do not function correctly in Wine).

A very small subset of our apps do not support one or more of Windows XP, Vista and 7. These cases are noted on the app pages.

Original, outdated page contents (2006/2007)

The Platform works on all Windows operating systems from Windows 95 through Vista as well as Wine under Linux/Unix. Individual apps have differing system requirements as indicated here.

Application 95 98 Me 2000 XP 2003 Vista Wine
7-Zip Portable 1
AbiWord Portable Partial 2
Audacity Portable   Partial 9
ClamWin Portable  
FileZilla Portable 3 3 3
Firefox Portable 11 4
Gaim Portable    
GIMP Portable    
Miranda IM Portable
NVU Portable 4 Portable 5 6
PortableApps Backup
PortableApps Menu
Sudoku Portable 7
Sunbird Portable 10 10 10 4
Thunderbird Portable 4
VLC Portable 8 8 8  
WinMerge Portable  


  1. 7-Zip's address bar and directory up button will not be show under Wine. This can be worked around by enabling the ".." listing in 7-Zip's options window.
  2. AbiWord can be launched and configured within Wine and can open and save documents but it cannot display documents correctly due to font rendering issues.
  3. FileZilla 2.2.22 and under support Win 9x. It is still available for download, but use is not recommended.
  4. Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird and NVU will display default fonts when running under Wine.
  5. requires a patch to work on Win 95.
  6. will crash when attemping to use Java-dependent features (wizards, some database design) when running under Wine.
  7. Sudoku will not save games when run within Wine.
  8. VLC Media Player does not officially support Windows 9x, but it should work on most systems with the Microsoft Layer for Unicode installed.
  9. Audacity can open, save and convert files in Wine but can not play them.
  10. Sunbird 0.2 supports Win 9x. It is still available for download, but no longer supported.
  11. Firefox 2.0 runs on Win 98 and up. For Win 95, download a 1.5 release.