Today Linux has access to a very large amount of applications for any need, and hopefully more and more applications comes with a Linux version.
But unfortunately this is not always the case and you may have to run Windows applications, there comes Wine to help us!
Wine is a great and powerful solution that runs Windows softwares on Linux, with more or less success depending on the application complexity and support.
Recently i discovered PlayOnLinux, a wonderfull solution to install and run various Windows applications using Wine, let's say this the better frontend for Wine !
Let's begin ^^
First step: Install PlayOnLinux
Don't hesitate to take a look at great PlayOnLinux website:
For Ubuntu based distributions:
PlayOnLinux is available in Ubuntu repositories, but i recommend to install the last version using their ppa, here's how:
Add the ppa and install PlayOnLinux and Wine:
wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add - sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_precise.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install playonlinux wine wine1.4-i386 -y
Open PlayOnLinux for first launch
First launch, a wizard automatically runs:
Access to Application Repository
Click on "Install Program" to open the application Repository, first i recommend is to check the box "Testing" to get access to all applications:
Note: You may choose "Refresh" to ensure you have last application repository
Example : Install Internet Explorer 8 (listed program)
Note: Internet Explorer will work for most of thing, but do not hope to get Directx working using Wine.
As i far as i know and have tested for now, the only way to get Directx working on Linux is to install Windows into a Virtual Machine... (eg. using Virtual Box, Vmware...)
Just Select, Valid install and follow instructions, click to click ^^
Workings out of the box!
Example : Itunes 10 on Linux
Some screenshots of Itunes 10 running on Linux:
PlayOnLinux has many other possibilities, you can off course install a non listed program and much more, do not hesitate to read documentation on PlayOnLinux Website.
Wine and PlayOnLinux... I said great and Powerful no ? :-)