How To: Display Web Content in Wine

Having trouble display web pages, web content, or accessing the internet in programs using Wine?  Here is a quick tutorial on installing Gecko into Wine.

Open up your terminal and type in the following code:

wine iexplore

From there it should ask to install Gecko and just follow the instructions it provides. If this fails, there is still hope and another option.

This has excerpt is from the Official Wine Wiki. Run these commands one after another in terminal.

$ wget
$ sudo mkdir /usr/share/wine/gecko
$ sudo mv /usr/share/wine/gecko

This still didn’t work? There is still always WineTricks that can help out in times of despiration.


Wine 1.1.5 Released

A nice little update from Wine from 1.1.4 to 1.1.5. A few new things in this release.

  • Substantial JavaScript implementation.
  • Partial support for layered windows.
  • Support for Unicode file export in Regedit.
  • Proper exception handling in widl-generated code.
  • Asynchronous requests and cookies support in WinHTTP.

The source is available and I do believe all of the packages are now up. Enjoy 🙂

Wine 1.1.0 Released

It has been good to hear that Wine had finally reached 1.0 but they do not stop the good news, version 1.1.0 has been released with a considerable amount of fixes;

  • Many more gdiplus functions implemented.
  • Improved graphics tablet support.
  • Many Richedit fixes and improvements.
  • Support for HWND_MESSAGE windows.
  • A lot of new MSHTML functions.
  • Many fixes in MSI registry handling.
  • Initial implementation of the inetmib1 DLL.
  • Improvements to the quartz renderers.
  • Various bug fixes.

These latest releases have been quite perfect for me but you can always try speeding Wine up even more to get the most out of your linux gaming experience.

[Download Wine 1.1.0]

Wine 0.9.56 Released!


I say this everytime and it is so true, when a new version of Wine is released I get extremely excited.

Here are the main changes this time:

  • Proper handling of OpenGL/Direct3D windows with menu bars.
  • Stubs for all the d3dx9_xx dlls.
  • Several graphics optimizations.
  • Many installer fixes.
  • Improved MIME message support.
  • Lots of bug fixes.

Binary packages may not be built yet but you can always do things the elite way; compiling the source.  If not, just keep checking the packages page and they will be up shortly.

Quick Tips to Speed Up Your Gaming in Wine


Gaming using Wine can be a tad bit slow at times. In some cases, games become nearly impossible to play due to lag and poor FPS rates. This easy to follow tutorial will show you a few quick tricks that should (and in most cases, will) increase your gaming performance using Wine. Keep in mind, you have to be able to use the terminal and take your time with this tutorial. It is extremely simple and any person can basically do it, but just be cautious and follow the directions carefully and you will be fine. This tutorial is for demonstration purposes only and neither I nor Linux Gaming Today hold any responsibilities for any damages of any form.

If you do not know how to install Wine, we have a quick and easy tutorial for you Ubuntu users out there.

Let us start off by opening the Wine Configuration Tool by using the following command. This command will be used very often while dealing with Wine so get used to it and remember it.


While in here, click on the ‘Sound’ tab and this will automatically configure your sound for you and may save you some time and free you from hassle.

Now many of you may have heard of registry editing in other popular Operating Systems. Wine has the capability too and this is where the real tweaking comes to play. Open up Wines Registry Editor by running:


On the left side should be a list of expandable folders. First expand ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’, then ‘Software’, then ‘Wine’. You may see a key named ‘Direct3D’. If you do not, simple create one in that folder by right clicking and doing New > Key > name it Direct3D.

Now go to the Direct3D key you have just made and make string values by right clicking and doing New > String Value. Take your time doing this part. Create a string named, ‘VideoMemorySize’ and then double click on it and enter the amount of memory your video card contains with integers only, do not enter MB, Megabyte, ect. Ex. I would simply enter 256 for my 256MB video card.

This one will increase your performance by a lot but may sacrifice your stability and support. It is worth a shot and I would recommend at least trying it. Create another key just as you had done for VideoMemorySize. This time name it, ‘DirectDrawRenderer’ and set it to ‘opengl’.

For more registry editing tips, simple head over to the Useful Registry Keys page over at Wine Headquarters.

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Wine 0.9.55 Released


Another great day to be a linux user. Let’s see what goodies are in store for this release of Wine..

  • Direct3D improvements, including driver version emulation.
  • Beginnings of support for OLE objects in Richedit.
  • Several fixes to the animation control.
  • A bunch of fixes for regression test failures.
  • Lots of bug fixes.

This is a brand new release so there may or may not be a package compiled for your distribution but you can get the source now or visit the download pages to look for your distribution.

How to Install Wine in Ubuntu


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 -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 -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon [7.10]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn [7.04]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Edgy Eft [6.10]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Dapper Drake [6.06]

sudo wget -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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