Hands up those who need Windows programs but have not found a Linux equivalent?
Hands up those who have tried Wine but found it either didn’t work or didn’t know what to do?

Well, Wine 1.2 has come out and was shipped with Ubuntu 10.04 and updated to Release Candidate 4 at the time of this post.
And what an amazing version it has become.

I am personally someone who tries to and in most cases successfully finds, Linux equivalents to Windows applications.
It is fair and well using wine to get photoshop working or Microsoft Office, but how can Linux ever progress if it’s products don’t get taken seriously.
The only real time I use wine is when I wish to play games, mostly MMORPGS.
It was always a ‘fingers crossed’ game when doing this, since most times the application just did not work at all.

And then came Wine 1.2.

Since using this version of Wine, I have not had a single piece of software or game fail to work.
Now before you start to comment with lists of games or softwares that do not work, I do some software simply doesn’t work.
My point is not that, it is to point out that Wine has matured immensely and I wish to thank the Wine developers for their hard work.

If you don’t know how to install software in wine, well it couldn’t be simpler:

1) Ensure you have Wine (preferably 1.2), if you have 10.04 the repositories are set, otherwise go to the Wine HQ website and follow the instructions.
2) Through the terminal, cd to the directory of the windows installer file(.exe), so if it is on the Desktop simply enter ‘cd Desktop/’
3) Type ‘wine’ followed by the name of the exe file for instance: ‘wine abcdef.exe’
4) Just follow the instructions and once it is done, click on Applications > Wine > Programs

To check which version of wine you have installed, simply type ‘wine –version’ in a terminal.

If this is still a little too much for you, and you wish to find a simpler installer, why not take a look at PlayOnLinux, a Linux installer for games and applications through Wine.