Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Installing Wine for Ubuntu

To install and run Windows applications on Ubuntu, we need to install Wine.
Wine is a compatibility layer for running Windows applications on Linux. Applications are run at full speed without the need of cpu emulation. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, however it can use native system dll files in place of its own if they are available.

We will need 2 things,
  1. Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer
  2. Winetricks - To install applications on Wine

To install the above mentioned applications, open Ubuntu Software Center and search for "wine".
Find the above mentioned applications from the list and install them.

Next, you will need to open Terminal and type,
sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005
You will be prompted to enter your password, enter the password and press enter to begin installation.

Close terminal, you have successfully installed Wine on your system. You can now install and run Windows applications on your Linux machine!

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