I love Wine.
Besides the health benefits, Wine prevents me from having major headaches.
How does Wine prevent me from having major headaches, you ask?
For me, Wine eliminates the major headaches associated with Micro$lop Windoz software, by allowing me to use said software on my Kubuntu desktop.
You may have been thinking about wine, the alcohol, but I’m talking about a Linux software.
Wine is a way to port (ha ha, yes “port” is a wine) Micro$lop Windoz software to Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris.
- 1: Can’t the same thing be accomplished with other emulators?
- Well, most emulators function as a virtual machine. These emulators can be really slow because they have to emulate each processor instruction. Wine Is Not an Emulator. Wine is more of an application interface for operating systems other than Micro$lop Windoz.
- 2: Why use Wine instead of Micro$lop Windoz?
- Micro$lop Windoz sucks! Ultimately, Wine hopes to make Micro$lop Windoz unnecessary, by providing a completely reimplemented Windoz API. In this regard, Wine gives people a choice, they did not have in the past. You can choose from Linux operating systems, which cost you nothing. You can choose Apple’s OS X on a Macintosh computer. You can choose FreeBSD or Solaris. You can choose from all these other options, instead of being forced to use micro$oft windoz, just because you need to use a specific piece of software and it is only compatible with Micro$lop Windoz.
- 3: Will all Micro$lop Windoz software work with Wine?
- The short answer is no. However, more and more titles are being ported all the time. Wine maintains a database of over 9800 applications, to date. Many of the Windoz only applications you need/want to use, may already be listed. Check out the Wine Application Database.
In today’s economy, linux is inexpensive. In most cases, the linux bistro you may choose to install on your computer doesn’t cost anything. Linux is way more reliable than Micro$lop Windoz. It is more stable and not prone to the millions of viruses and attacks affecting Micro$lop Windoz and Windoz applications.
If you don’t believe my claims (above), maybe you should look into how much of the internet is powered by Linux vs Micro$lop Windoz. Spoiler Alert: Windoz powers less a very small fraction; less than 10%, while Linux powers over 90%.
If you are not running linux yet, let me recommend Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu or Kubuntu. Ubuntu is probably most popular, but Kubuntu has a much more robust GUI. Both Ubuntu and Kubuntu are based off of Debian GNU/Linux.
I use a little of all three, but my production desktop is Kubuntu.
To install Wine in Kubuntu, open the Konsole and type:
sudo apt-get update
then press the [enter] key.
sudo apt-get install wine
then press the [enter] key.
Once Wine is installed, you are ready to install the needed/wanted Micro$lop Windoz software; the software you don’t think you can live without.
FYI: These steps should also work for Ubuntu.