How can I run MS Access Databases on Linux?

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I would like to run M$ Access Databases on Linux without using the Win32 binaries for M$ Access on wine. Is there any software avaliable for Linux that will allow me to do this?

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NO – you can’t. Microsoft Office ‘won’ the desktop against WordPerfect, Lotus, et Al. by having the operating system and the application programmers work together. You are in ‘Word’ and click the print icon and it starts printing. In WordPerfect it opens a dialog box and you have to click ok to start printing. A small annoyance, BUT VERY important to this discussion. By tightly integrating the API’s (application programming interface) for operating system and program, MS gets good performance, business advantage, and increased exposure for all those virus writers.
If you don’t want to run ‘WINE’ and get the API binaries then don’t run Access.
If you are required to use Access, go dual boot.

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  • Sonotsky
    In general, you can't get into an Access database on any platform, without the Win32 MS-Access binaries. On Windows, you can use the database facilities in Visual Basic to get near-complete functionality from within the development IDE. On Linux, you can program your own interface in the language of your choice, using something like 'unixODBC', which are ODBC drivers for various databases, including Access. Check unixodbc.org for more info. I think you can also use JDBC (Java database drivers), but I don't know if Access is supported. Good luck
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  • Glennp7777
    You could also export the database in a format that you could then use to import to a SQL database server on Linux like PostgreSQL or MySQL.
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