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* MS Windows tax software on FreeBSD?Winston
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Subject: MS Windows tax software on FreeBSD?
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2022 15:15:02 -0400
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 by: Winston - Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:15 UTC

Anyone here happen to know whether tax software (such as by H&R Block)
developed for Microsoft Windows runs acceptably under WINE (or something
similar) on FreeBSD? Their products generally only list versions for
MacOS, Microsoft Windows, and a web browser. One potential complication
is that the software downloads newer versions of itself and then uses
Windows Installer to install them.

Thanks in advance,
-WBE

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Subject: Re: MS Windows tax software on FreeBSD?
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 by: Felix Palmen - Sat, 19 Mar 2022 09:43 UTC

* Winston <wbe@ubeblock.psr.com.invalid>:
> Anyone here happen to know whether tax software (such as by H&R Block)
> developed for Microsoft Windows runs acceptably under WINE (or something
> similar) on FreeBSD?

Not really a FreeBSD question but more one about wine. In general, the
only way to really know is to test it. More often than not, windows
software works quite fine with wine.

FreeBSD specific, if you're on amd64 and your software contains 32bit
binaries, also install the 32bit userland required for wine with

| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh install wine mesa-dri

By default, in installs inside your home dir. It can later be upgraded
with

| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh upgrade
| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh autoremove
| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh clean

> One potential complication
> is that the software downloads newer versions of itself and then uses
> Windows Installer to install them.

This should never be a problem, windows software is installed in a wine
prefix (there's a default one created in your home dir, but it's often a
good idea to create a separate prefix for each application) which is
writable for your user.

--
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{pgp public key} http://palmen-it.de/pub.txt // """""""""""
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 by: Felix Palmen - Sat, 19 Mar 2022 09:55 UTC

* Winston <wbe@ubeblock.psr.com.invalid>:
> Anyone here happen to know whether tax software (such as by H&R Block)
> developed for Microsoft Windows runs acceptably under WINE (or something
> similar) on FreeBSD?

Not really a FreeBSD question but more one about wine. In general, the
only way to really know is to test it. More often than not, windows
software works quite fine with wine.

FreeBSD specific, if you're on amd64 and your software contains 32bit
binaries, also install the 32bit userland required for wine with

| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh install wine mesa-dri

By default, in installs inside your home dir. It can later be upgraded
with

| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh upgrade
| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh autoremove
| /usr/local/share/wine/pkg32.sh clean

> One potential complication
> is that the software downloads newer versions of itself and then uses
> Windows Installer to install them.

This should never be a problem, windows software is installed in a wine
prefix (there's a default one created in your home dir, but it's often a
good idea to create a separate prefix for each application) which is
writable for your user.

--
Dipl.-Inform. Felix Palmen <felix@palmen-it.de> ,.//..........
{web} http://palmen-it.de {jabber} [see email] ,//palmen-it.de
{pgp public key} http://palmen-it.de/pub.txt // """""""""""
{pgp fingerprint} A891 3D55 5F2E 3A74 3965 B997 3EF2 8B0A BC02 DA2A

Re: MS Windows tax software on FreeBSD?

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Subject: Re: MS Windows tax software on FreeBSD?
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 by: Winston - Fri, 8 Apr 2022 16:55 UTC

Thanks for the reply.

I previously posted:
>> Anyone here happen to know whether tax software (such as by H&R
>> Block) developed for Microsoft Windows runs acceptably under WINE (or
>> something similar) on FreeBSD?

felix@palmen-it.de (Felix Palmen) kindly replied:
> ... In general, the only way to really know is to test it.

Of course, but I was hoping someone here might have tried it.

> More often than not, windows software works quite fine with wine.

That's encouraging.

> FreeBSD specific, if you're on amd64 and your software contains 32bit
> binaries, ...

Looks like it does since their software installs under
C:\Program Files (x86)\ and they're undoubtedly going for maximum
portability.

> ... also install the 32bit userland [details followed] ...

OK, thanks!
-WBE


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