Saturday, July 07, 2007


From the very minute I happened to hear about WINE, I started all sorts of things to make it run on my Dapper Drake which failed Miserably. But the news came with the sweetness of honey that a AMD64 version is released with Edgy onwards and the wait for my Feisty became freaky. Today from the "Cross Platform" section in Synaptic I selected Wine and I had to wait for another 10 minutes to complete the download and installation.

What is Wine?


Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix.

Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

More information can be read in the articles Why Wine is so important, and Debunking Wine Myths. If you are wondering how well a particular application works in Wine, please examine the Applications Database. For installation instructions and step-by-step help with running Wine, take a look at the User Guide.

Wine is free software. The licensing terms are the GNU Lesser General Public License.

I have read in the Ubuntu Forum that the very first command to run is "winecfg" which would bring up a window like the following:

Once you add your windows directories to it (which ofcouse is as simple as reading this now )click apply. Now the sweetest thing you could do is to type

"wine" followed by your directory path ending with the .EXE which you wish to run and hit enter. Wait for a few seconds and Voila you would see the Magic.

Check these out:

fig 2: Media Player Classic

fig 3: Which Firefox is Better??Lolzz...

(LHS Windows one)

fig4: Unreal Tournament But a failed attempt...Leme c to it hmmmm

I would be posting more on my Feisty adventures in the days that follows....Loolzz

Keep Linuxing.....Ubuntu Forever..............

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