Ever wondered how to run Windows-native applications in a linux environment? It is fairly simple using Wine. Remember, Wine Is Not an Emulator. Consider it simply as a compatibility layer for running Windows applications. It is 100% non-Microsoft code but it can utilize native Windows DLLs if one chooses to do so. If you are using Ubuntu, you should be fairly familiar with APT which we will be using throughout this entire walk-through.
Open up your terminal window and we have to add the following repository key to your systems’ list of trusted keys.
wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –
Now we need to add the repository to your system’s list of APT sources. I will include the repositories for multiple versions of Ubuntu and use the one according to which version you have.
Ubuntu Hardy Heron [8.04]
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon [7.10]
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn [7.04]
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/feisty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
Ubuntu Edgy Eft [6.10]
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/edgy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
Ubuntu Dapper Drake [6.06]
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/dapper.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
Now we need to update apt-get by running the following command.
sudo apt-get update
Now all we need to do is install with:
sudo apt-get install wine
You are all done! Now you can run nearly any Windows-based application without Windows. 🙂
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