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(TIP) Replacing Familiar Tools: Wine to ease the move to Linux
by @admin, may 13, 2019, 12:09am utc

Nearly all of the functionality of Windows (or Mac) applications can be found in similar applications on Linux today; with the added-plus that many on Linux are free! Everything from Office [Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Access]; to Skype; to Photoshop, to even Quickbooks has Linux open source equivalents.

Our standard caution: When adding things outside of Linux to Linux, you are (vastly) increasing the chance of backdoors, viruses, etc. Running Windows programs within Linux is a good way to get these! (more on that here)

But there may be cases where you want to run a native Windows app on your Linux pc. That's where Wine comes in. Wine is an app that provides Windows APIs that your Windows programs use to run. There are a very large set of Windows apps that have been confirmed to run in Wine. The current list is available here.

winetricks is a helper script -- to help you with the proper settings for your Win app to run under Wine. A winetricks tutorial can be found here.

tags: Advanced users, Tips
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