Linux for Starters

Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Wine – Part 21

Install and run Windows software

Let’s illustrate the process with a walk-through of installing Notepad++. It’s a free and open source text and source code editor featuring tabbed editing and runs only under Windows.

Download the program’s installer from the project’s website with Firefox. Once the installer has downloaded, you’ll see the dialog box below.

Wine - Notepad++

Click the drop down with the text ‘Archive Manager (default)’ and select Other.

Select View All Applications and scroll down to the bottom of the list of Helper Applications.

Wine - Notepad++

Click on the entry Wine Windows Program Loader and press Select. The previous dialog box will reappear but now the .exe file will be opened by the Wine Windows Program Loader.

Wine - Notepad++

Click OK.

As this is the first program we’ve installed, we’re next prompted to install a couple of extra packages. First is the Wine-Mono package.

Wine - Mono Installer

Click Install.

We are prompted to install a Gecko package.

Wine - Gecko

Click Install.

We can now proceed with Notepad++’s installation routine.

Wine - Notepad++

Click OK

Wine - Notepad++

Click Next

The software’s license agreement will appear.

Wine - Notepad++

Click I Agree.

Wine - Notepad++

Set the Destination folder and click Next.

Wine - Notepad++

Choose the components to install and click Next. Click Install and click Finish to close the setup.

Notepad++ will launch and show its change.log file.

Wine - Notepad++
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You are now ready to use Notepad++.


A few observations:

  • You’ll note that the Destination folder for Notepad++ is C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++. That destination folder is actually stored in our home directory at ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Notepad++.
  • An entry for Notepad++ is automatically added to the Dash. Windows programs are therefore integrated into your system without any additional effort.
Wine - Dash
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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Install Wine
Page 2 – Install and run Windows software


All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
7Updating the system, install new software.
8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
11Getting help from your system.
12Learn all about the file system.
13Manipulating files from the shell.
14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
15Managing users on your system.
16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
17Gaming on Linux.
18Protect your privacy with this guide.
19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
XUseful Linux commands.
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  1. Wine is pretty good for games like Fallout, Gothic, EVE Online and StarCraft II. Those are the games I’ve tried. For general applications, Wine still needs a lot of work.

    The reason why Wine struggles is that it’s trying to hit a constantly moving target.

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