I can't load Microsoft's "Flight Simulator 2004" into my Dell with Ubuntu's 8.10 (Intrepid) Linux-based operating system.

Asked by Bob Wade on 2009-09-17

What is solution? Have I lost ability to play Microsoft compatible flight simulation games on this Dell laptop because I chose the Ubuntu operating system? Have Pentium Dual-Core CPU.

What kind of flight games will Ubuntu Intrepid support? Airwar games?

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Best Gabe Gorelick (gabegorelick) said : #1

Unfortunately, Linux-based operating systems like Ubuntu cannot run most software designed for the Windows operating system. However, a lot of Windows software can be run with the help of a program called Wine. You can find more information about it at www.winehq.org. Unfortunately, Microsoft Flight SImulator 2004 doesn't seem to run well with Wine: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=2819. So unfortunately, you may just have to run the flight simulator in a Windows virtual machine.

However, there are flight simulators designed specifically for Linux. The first one that comes to my mind is FlightGear: http://www.flightgear.org/. I am sure there are others you could find as well.

shane fagan suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #66: “Installing software in ubuntu”.

Bob Wade (kingleo20135) said : #3

Thanks Gabe Gorelick, that solved my question.

Bob Wade (kingleo20135) said : #4


Appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. I'll try Flightgear.

Bob W.

Bob Wade (kingleo20135) said : #5


Thanks for the suggestion.

Bob W.