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Installing Windows Applications in Linux with Wine

A guided tour to Wine and PlayonLinux

Steve Smith, host of your Technology Questions Answered, explains how to use PlayonLinux, a Linux Wine application, to install Windows applications within Linux.

Episode #1-31 released on May 1, 2011

Welcome back to another episode of your Technology Questions Answered, this week I'll show you how to install applications made for Windows within the Ubuntu Linux platform. I just upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04, code named Natty Narwhal, so the look of my desktop has changed so will some of the normal steps. I suggest upgrading your Ubuntu Linux desktop, as well.

So, some of your must be curious to what application I have choosen to use to demonstrate the ease and usability of Wine, an application for Linux designed to allow Windows applications to function within the Linux environment.

In order to use Wine, you have to install it, so head over to the Ubuntu Software Center, under search, type Wine. Install the Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility layer and PlayonLinux. Now, we will load the PlayonLinux application which makes Wine incredibly easy to use.

Once loaded, click install, multimedia, itunes 7, then apply. Follow the instructions for itunes like you would in Windows. Now after the installation is done, select where you want your icons. Click forward, it will say installation was successful, click forward again.

That's all you need to install a program in Wine, using PlayOnLinux. Its a very simple process, and if you visit the PlayOnLinux or Wine Application Database web-site you can see all the applications that are currently known as supported. Many more applications may work, as well.

Please bare in mind, your using Linux, so you may occasionally see messages about missing registry information, etc... Please ignore them, and report them to the PlayinLinux web-site or Winehq web-site so the developers can make the programs better.

To uninstall an application installed with PlayonLinux, simply select application, then remove. Follow the few instructions, and its gone.

Have a great day, yes I know it was a very short episode, but straight to the point.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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