Wine is a compatibility layer that lets you, in theory, run applications written for Windows on a Unix-like system (though depending on the application, it can take some tweaking). Wine installs quite easily and runs just fine on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. First, you’ll need to install Wine with this command at the Terminal prompt:
sudo apt-get install wine
Enter your password to authenticate, and apt-get will download and install Wine. The combined packages come to a little over a hundred megabytes, so it might take a while to install depending upon your connection speed.
After the installation is finished, you’ll have a new Wine category added to your Applications menu. The Wine category will have four subcategories:
-Programs, which lets you browse the installed Wine programs on your system.
-Browse C: Drive, which lets you browse the C: drive structure Wine emulates for Windows programs.
-Configure Wine, which lets you tweak settings for both individual programs and Wine as a whole.
-Uninstall Wine software, which lets you remove Windows programs installed via Wine.
To install Windows software in Wine, you need to right-click on the installer file and select “Open With Wine Windows Program Loader”.
You can also install Windows software with Wine through the command line, which is often the easier way to do it. For instance, to install the example above, you would use this command:
If the application did not install, you’ll probably have to change the Wine settings. The best course is to probably browse the Wine application database, and see if you can find the correct settings there.