Originally posted by fitzjj
There is no real reason that i know of why applications in linux dont have .exe extensions it is more a case of why bother.
.tar and .gz are like .zip folders under windows. generally when you download a program under linux you compile it yourself, this way it can be optimized for your system - it also means you have the ability to make any changes required.
what im trying to say is that, a linux OS that could Execute .exe would be very usefull. when i first started off with linux (i only did a little) i used suse linux, i loved the interface and the ease of use with the programs, however, i got very confused when trying to install files (i fuigered it out eventualy), logicly making a linux that could execute windows apps, still have the flexablility of open source software/bash shell AND not have anything like a regestry for malisous software to hide in (and having a KILL function), would bring a quite frankly much better made OS into the open market, making development and innovation easyer.
well thats my argument i reallize there are flaws in it but i still think it would be the next step to take
ill check up on this forum and see what yall think - Rich
Edit: i do agree with the point about optimizing them for your system but remember with a lot of programs under linux you have the choice of downloading the source or the *.rpm (under cirtain distrabutions) all im saying is that it would be nice to have the choice and why not have .exe files that could be optomized for the system its perfectly possible with the right knolage and compilers.
Edit 2: however people do benefit from having a cirtain standard. for instance if everyone has a fax machine, the value of the fax and the value of the service to the indervidual increases (this can be linked with having a standard platform accross the board) so having a market full of microsoft platforms can actually be good.