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Install Wine 1.8 on Ubuntu and do not stop using your Windows programs

Wine and Ubuntu

Wine has just reached its version 1.8 and you can now download and install in Ubuntu using PPA, something that you have no difficulty. In addition, Wine is a very useful tool that allows us to use Windows programs in Linux environments through a layer of software, although it is not a perfect solution.

Wine can be configured to suit the user, so that, for example, Unity panels in Wine can be displayed in full screen. We can also use Wine to enjoy games that cannot run on Linux, as we explained in our guide on how to install World Of Warcraft on Ubuntu.

Before continuing, it might be worth remembering that Wine is not a newcomer to the Linuxera scene and that its history dates back to 1993. Wine is the acronym for Wine Is Not an Emulator, as its developers claim that an emulator replicates a complete operating system, while Wine serves more as a compatibility layer that makes it easier to use Windows programs on other operating systems.

Installing Wine in Ubuntu

Wine can be installed in various ways, each with a different degree of difficulty. It can also be installed directly from the Ubuntu Software Center, but in this way we run the risk of getting an outdated wine package and that does not correspond to the last version. Therefore, the best option to have Wine in Ubuntu is to install it using PPA. This involves adding the repository, synchronizing the entire list and finally installing the package.

For it open a terminal and issue these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.8 winetricks

Wine, as already said, is not a perfect solution. Maybe experience some problem running according to what programs, but the Internet is full of forums and communities that will surely have had the same problem as t. Do not be afraid to search and ask, and if you want to switch to Linux without stopping using Windows, here is a way to do it more progressively.

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