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Deployment of Wine

The project is to build a Linux Mint machine to have the identical functionality and ergonomics as the existing Windows 10 machine.
Having established that there is no way to migrate fully from Windows to Linux, the project now needs to consider running Windows apps in Linux.This is a big change to the strategy of the project.This is a big change to the deployment of a Linux workstation, a crushing admission of failure, and the opening of a whole new world of risks to an otherwise secure operating system. Environment & required functionalityFor this blog post, Wine was tested on: The Linux Mint Xfce 19 virtual machine "Bilbo", on host Windows 10 laptop "Saruman"The Linux Mint Xfce 18.3 virtual machine "Gimli", on host Windows 10 host "Legolas".
Alternatives There are alternatives to Wine/PlayOnLinux, notably the paid software Crossover. Software selection Wine and PlayOnLinux are present in Linux Mint by default.  If uninstalled following advice fr…

GPSPrune, a java applet

The project is to build a Linux Mint machine to have the identical functionality and ergonomics as the existing Windows 10 machine. This stage relates to GPS Prune (a Java applet).
Environment & required functionalityGPS Prune (a Java applet) needs to be used on the following machines:
The Linux Mint Xfce 18.3 laptop "Gandalf"; The Windows 10 laptop "Legolas".The synchronisation agent is Google Drive in Windows 10, and grive2 in Linux Mint.
AlternativesThere are no known alternatives to GPS Prune.

GPS Prune's primary objective is, as the website says:
Basically it's a tool to let you play with your GPS data after you get home from your trip.This is fundamental to the process of recording walking trips.  When a GPS machine is stationery, it cannot accurately log its location, so the raw data contains ludicrous points, which contaminate the data and result in garbage.  GPS machines typically compress the GPS data in real-time, but this comes at a considera…

A fail: Okular PDF Reader (an alternative to Foxit PDF Reader for Linux)

The project is to build a Linux Mint machine to have the identical functionality and ergonomics as the existing Windows 10 machine. This stage relates to reading and annotating PDF files.  It is a test of a secondary piece of software following a fail of Foxit PDF Reader for Linux.
Environment & required functionalityReading and annotating PDF files need to happen on the following machines:
The Linux Mint Xfce 18.3 laptop "Gandalf"; The Windows 10 laptop "Legolas".The synchronisation agent is Google Drive in Windows 10, and grive2 in Linux Mint.
AlternativesFrom the fail of Foxit PDF Reader, alternatives are required.

Sources:

https://alternativeto.net/software/foxit-reader/?platform=linuxhttps://pdfreaders.orghttps://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=170780https://www.tecmint.com/linux-pdf-viewers-and-readers-tools/https://www.linux.com/news/3-alternatives-adobe-pdf-reader-linuxhttp://www.linuxandubuntu.com/home/9-best-alternatives-to-adobe-reader-on-linux-eb…

A fail: Foxit PDF Reader for Linux

The project is to build a Linux Mint machine to have the identical functionality and ergonomics as the existing Windows 10 machine. This stage relates to reading and annotating PDF files.
Environment & required functionalityPDF files need to be read on the following machines:
The Linux Mint Xfce 18.3 laptop "Gandalf"; The Windows 10 laptop "Legolas".The synchronisation agent is Google Drive in Windows 10, and grive2 in Linux Mint.
AlternativesThere are two main PDF readers: Adobe and Foxit.
Adobe's PDF reader is terrible in Windows: it's slow bloatware, grossly inefficient, used (badly) by governments and is so mouse-obsessed that it is unusable in the hands of a power/keyboard user.  That leaves Foxit, which works well in Windows, and is fairly fluent for the keyboard/power user.
There are loads of alternatives to Foxit PDF Reader, from two sources alone:
https://alternativeto.net/software/foxit-reader/?platform=linuxhttps://pdfreaders.orgHowever, the cho…