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justin
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Linux Portable Apps

I just wanted to know if you were planning on creating any Portable Apps for Linux. I have a Linux laptop and this would be very helpful.

-Justin

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And/or we could use it with

And/or we could use it with our Portable Linux Distros
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yea

That would be good

-Justin

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Sounds interesting but...

I'd have to question the usability of linux apps on various boxes and distros... LIBS LIBS LIBS... A lot a variables could get in the way... now a portable wine as mentioned above has possibilities...
I use a U3 Key so it would be good if wine would work to unlock my u3 launcher and drive. I'll have to find time to play with it. I use a debian distro Ubuntu edgy eft.
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Incompatible

U3 is incompatible with Wine and likely can't be made compatible.

Also, be sure to encrypt your important data, don't trust it to password protection.

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It's ironic that your name

It's ironic that your name is Static, because that's how you make a portable linux app, you statically-link it when you compile-link the program so it loads all of the code into the application instead of getting it at run-time from a library.

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tks for your sharing

tks for your sharing

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With the nature of Linux, I

With the nature of Linux, I don't think that would work.

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The thing with portable Linux applications is would they really be practical. Do you often visit different Linux boxes during the day in need of your portable applications?

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I do

just in our school alone, there are 24 Linux computers, 2 Mac OS computers and 500 Windows XP computers.
Plus the servers Wink
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All I need is *one* PC to justify it...

@ Rob Loach:

"The thing with portable Linux applications is would they really be practical. Do you often visit different Linux boxes during the day in need of your portable applications?"
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Answering for myself, I'd say yeah, a need does exist:
In my case, the (Win XP) PC most convenient for me to use at work won't let me log onto it - I'm "supposed to" get setup with an account for that, but I've been waiting for months for them to "get around to it"...

My solution?
I bring a Live Knoppix CD (or various other distros) to work and boot up that PC with same, and then go to town. Prob is, w/ Live Linux CD's, yer stuck with the apps that CD has on it. Therefore, I'm unable to use my beloved Opera with most of the distros, and I really could use various other apps that aren't normally found on these live CDs as well. Having portable apps on my flashdrive that would work with Linux would therefore be Xtra handy....

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You can apt-get install

You can apt-get install whatever you want on each boot - you just have to reinstall everytime you boot. It will work though.

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Very True

What would be more helpful though, a portable version of WINE (in order to run the windows apps on linux) or some linux apps?

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I really like that Idea but there is one problem

But there is one problem you can not run these apps in wine

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umm

Actually they all run great in WINE......

-Justin

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ya

that's what i thought Kthx Smile

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PCLINUXOS

Is there a Wine that works in PCLINUXOS? If there is, could you tell me how to use it and a download link?

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su apt-get install wine then

su
apt-get install wine

then not as root

wine %path to windows exe%

should work.

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Thanks, but I need a

Thanks, but I need a download link

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Nerver Mind

Im using http://mcnlive.org/ and its much better for installing and using. By the way, when you use wine, are your settings saved for the portable apps, like a bookmark in ffp?

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that is how to download and

that is how to download and install Wine in Linux.

I never needed any special settings for Wine -everything just works...

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Ditto, maby somepeople are

Ditto, maby somepeople are command freaks.......

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Wine is in the standard PCLOS Repositories

When logged on to the internet, start Synaptics from the menu. Make sure your Repositories are up-to-date (answer 'yes' if asked to refresh). Do a search for 'wine' in 'Name and Description'. Click on the wine package and okay it to be installed.

Sorry if the directions are not exact, I'm repeating from memory while on a work MSWINXP machine. You might also want to check the User Manual Wiki.

Good luck!

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portable Linux

You might want to look into using something like DamnSmall Linux www.damnsmalllinux.org or Puppy Linux from a USB pendrive or CD. You can run inside a virtual machine like QEMU or VMware and download and run apps that are not saved to your portable media.

Just trying to help.

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Firefox is kinda portable

NO kidding:
I just downloaded the i.686 package of firefox for Linux and it worked out-of-the-box on my SUSE 10.1.
I dont know anything about how to find traces left by something on a Linux machine.
Linux doesn't have this handy windows-stuff called REGISTRY...;-)

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Yeah, but does it store

Yeah, but does it store settings in ~?

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Yep

It creates a folder called ./mozilla in your home dir.
I moved my standard dir to the desktop to check whether it would create one or not and it did.
EDIT:
To run firefox, you run a script called "firefox.sh". Maybe we could adjust this script not to use the /home/myusername./mozilla/firefox/ dir and not to use relative paths.

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non-programmer mumbling here....

The only thing I know how to program is html and Java, so keep that in mind....BUT...

Id think there should be a way to compile programs such that any libraries they need would be in a directory that the programmer picks. AKA, you'd have the FirefoxPortable folder (as an example), in it you'd have both firefox.exe AND a linux firefox program. in the same folder you'd have a folder full of any libraries firefox needs and then the Linux firefox would be compiled so that it points to those libraries instead of the flavor-specific ones.

why would this be nice? for those of us in academia, Windows computer labs are usually a) full and b) full of REALLY annoying people. Where I go to school, there's an XP lab that's always full and a Sun/Debian lab full of about 60 computers which is usually totally empty. And it's right across the hall.

Why not use live linux? They post signs all over the place saying "DO NOT POWER OFF MACHINES OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR ACCOUNT". We don't have wine, and we're not allowed to install stuff. Plus, there is something to be said for simplicity. If you don't HAVE to run a windows program on a linux box through a windows emulator, why do it?

Simeon: one of two things might be going on: 1) it works on your machine but the minute you go to, say, a redhat machine it won't work, or 2)firefox binaries are built for any flavor of Linux. I kind of doubt #2 tho....
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The other day

The other day I tried portable apps with wine in a KDE environment and it worked flawlessly from USB.

I think WINE's run replacement would also run linux apps so making the portable apps menu work with some linux apps is possible.

But I really prefer slax for portable linux stuff...

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there kinda is a "portable

there kinda is a "portable apps" idea(or two) on linux. While this isn't built for usb drives, you can easily mod it.
http://klik.atekon.de/
All of your app data is in one .cmg file. They are adding support for User space mounted apps and then all you need is the .sh script to start the .cmg's.

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Klik

I thought this required klik to be installed on the system and then it would work.
It seems you would need a portable klik, which would be a layer of obfuscation much like trying to get a portable wine to work so you could just use the standard apps.

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Currently, yes, but they are

Currently, yes, but they are working on a FUSE file system that will eradicate needing privileges to run apps off of fstab.(http://klik.atekon.de/wiki/index.php/Klik2)

Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small _trivial_ project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you'll just overdesign and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse,

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Not too familiar with FUSE...

But that looks really interesting... I will be reading up on this one. Thanks for the link. Smile
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The Linux community is aware...

Now, I am not a programmer, nor a Linux complier - I leave that to those far more patient than I. However, I did find some info by googling Linux portable applications.
Here's a link to one effort:

http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/Developers

http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/LSB

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Hey Guys!

Don't worry, all! John and I are working on Portable Apps for Linux. We'll keep you posted.

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Go here

The project is in the making. [email request removed by moderator JTH. offering things up via email that have already been disallowed in the forums is not a good way to abide by forum guidelines.]
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