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Running Windows Applications on Linux with Wine 6.0

By on January 14, 2021 0

In the old days, people scoffed at the idea of ​​switching to a Linux-based operating system due to a lack of software. While this is still true for some people – especially business users – it is less of a concern these days. Why? Well, nowadays so much is done through the web browser which reduces the reliance on Windows software. For many consumers, just having the Google Chrome browser on, say, Ubuntu, is more than enough to meet their wants and needs. Not to mention, there are plenty of great Linux apps out there like GIMP and DaVinci Resolve.

But okay, let’s say you really want to use a Linux-based operating system, but there is some Windows-only software that you absolutely cannot do without. Fortunately, you can always ditch Windows and switch to something like Fedora or Linux Mint. How? ‘Or’ What? Thanks to the excellent Wine. This compatibility layer (not dare call it an emulator), can sometimes allow you to run Windows software on Linux. Today version 6.0 is released.

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“The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable version Wine 6.0
is now available. This version represents a year of development efforts and more than 8,300 individual modifications, ”explains Alexandre Julliard, developer of Wine.

Julliard also said: “This release is dedicated to the memory of Ken Thomases, who passed away just before Christmas at the age of 51. Ken was an incredibly brilliant developer and the mastermind behind macOS support in Wine. His skills are missed by all of us. ., his patience and his dark sense of humor. “

The developer shares the following areas where major changes have been implemented. You can see a full changelog here.

  • Basic modules in PE format.
  • Vulkan backend for WineD3D.
  • Support from DirectShow and the Media Foundation.
  • Redesign of the text console.

Before you get too excited, know that wine isn’t flawless. Some apps and games will work fine, while others may be slow or buggy. There can be a lot of trial and error involved. Unless a certain Windows-only program is essential for you, I’d rather recommend finding a Linux alternative – or going for a web-based solution – such as Microsoft’s excellent Office Online. In other words, in many cases wine should be a last resort.

If you are ready to download Wine 6.0, you can get the source here. Looking for an easier way to install it? You can download the appropriate packages here.

What Windows-only software is preventing you from switching to Linux? Please tell me in the comments below.

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