Wine, Isn’t Something You Drink

Let’s face it Linux lovers, every now and then, there is a program you want to run that just isn’t available on Linux.wine

Fortunately, there is a way to fix that little problem. WINE

Wine is a nifty Linux program that acts as a compatibility layer, able to run many different Windows applications.

You can install Wine, by simply going to your Software Manager, and searching for Wine. After installation, you can then open the Winetricks software package to install your Windows application.

Are there things Wine can’t do? Yes, for instance, I use a Windows logging package for ham radio, that runs OK on Wine, but will not access the internet directly from the software like it does in Windows. It’s a minor annoyance that I get along fine without.

One program that runs very well under Wine is the old Windows Paint program. My autistic adult son has been using MS Paint since he was 5, to draw animation cells for cartoons he makes. When I moved him from Windows 2000 to Linux back in 2005, he was quite happy to still have his favorite program.

It’s not perfect, but it works for a lot of Windows software. As Linux catches on though, you’ll find more and more of your favorite software packages ported over to Linux.