Wine is not an emulator as it does when running Java or Android on a computer. But it’s a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on multiple POSIX compatible operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, and BSD.
How it works is to translate the Windows API and call it via POSIX. However, Wine generally looks like it works by simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator.
Running Windows Software and Games Through Wine
Wine does look like a solution to run Windows software and games, and it does work well to run Windows applications on Linux/Ubuntu. However, in some cases Wine occasionally crashes causing running applications to malfunction and even shut down by itself.
Like when running the Android emulator software “NOX/Big NOX”, the application suddenly displays notifications to close it due to inappropriate system support and so on. Apart from that, Wine is quite helpful to run some Windows software/games on Ubuntu/Linux Mint.
Wine Solution For Running Windows Applications on Linux
Applications That Can Be Run With Wine
Almost all applications/software and Windows games can be run through Wine. In fact, there are several lists of applications or software directly supported by Wine so there is no need to add manually.
Applications that do not yet exist in Wine can be added by themselves, in other words the user is not limited to adding the type of software.
Regarding errors or crashes when running apps through Wine, can be categorized within reasonable limits. In addition, users can also send bug reports or errors that appear when running Wine.
How to Install Wine in Ubuntu
Installing Wine is relatively easy, users can directly install through the Ubuntu Software Center, or can use the following command via the terminal.
wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install –install-recommends winehq-stable
The complete installation guide (development, Staging, and Linux Mint versions) can be found on the official WineHQ page.
Wine itself has three versions, but it is more recommended to use the stable version. If you want to try the development or staging version was allowed, it’s just a stable version will be better.