WINE is a project that lets you use Windows
programs under Linux. There's several ways of getting this to work. The easier way is to avoid using Windows
at all (in the case that you have it also installed in your system).
WINE project is still in a test stage. This means that nobody can grant that a
given program will work properly. But the project is very advanced, so we have a good change that any
application will work properly.
Programs that work under WINE
For a list of programs that are know to work inder WINE, check those websites:
There are several placs where to get WINE from. Some Linux distributions already
have WINE. So the first place wher to look for WINE is inside your Linux CD. If this WINE version
does work for your favourite Windows program, skip to the configuration step. If it does not work, try with
a newer version.
You can get WINE in different formats: RPM for RedHat, Mandrake and SuSE (and similar
ones), DEB for Debian (and similar ones) and tar.gz for any distribution (although you will need to
compile,... don't worry, it is a very easy
task). The websites were you can download WINE are the ones listed here
. I've tried the following:
- Wine Dataparty. They provide RPM and TAR.GZ
formats. They provide the very latest WINE releases. Recomended!
- Linux Easy. They provide RPMs. Their versions have
been very well packaged. Specially good is the good default configuration. They are aimed to Linux users with
little-to-none experience with WINE.
- CodeWeavers WINE. They ship
WINE plus a very easy utility for the WINE configuration in a graphical way. Recomended for
graphical configuration utility's lovers.
There's a WINE specially thought for Games
. You can find it at their TransGaming
Note: Because ther's different ways of doing WINE installations, I will show
my personal experiences. In the future, with more time, I will keep adding information for other
In this page
, you have an
example of WINE configuration. With this, I am able to play Steel Panthers: World At
, a game made for Windows + DirectX. As you can see
, it works prefectly on Linux.