Posts tagged ‘Windows on Linux’
As stated before, I am not much of a gamer. However, today I had to install Windows game on one of my computers – so I installed WINE. WINE is a very fine Windows software platform for Linux computers – it allows you to install a lot of Windows software natively within Linux, without any Windows license. As always, it’s available in the Ubuntu Software Center on your Ubuntu computer. Now when searching for WINE in the software Center, I found another excellent piece of software that can act as a front-end for WINE: it solves some hassle with shortcuts, once that the Windows application has been installed with WINE, and it does much more than that. It’s called PlayOnLinux. I don’t know all the details about the software yet, but if you’re trying to get a problematic Windows application fully working in Ubuntu (or any other Linux Desktop), you should really dive into PlayOnLinux. the most recent version is available on the PlayOnLinux site, a somewhat older version is available in the Ubuntu Software Center. I quote the site: PlayOnLinux is a piece of sofware which allows you to easily install and use numerous games and softwares designed to run with Microsoft®’s Windows®.Check it out!
Ever wondered how to use your Windows applications within Ubuntu? Have a look at ubuntu and Windows with virtualbox. This PDF file was created with OpenOffice.org Impress. Ideally, I would have presented this file in Macromedia Flash format (a format that you can create directly with OpenOffice.org, no extra tools needed!), but due to WordPress restrictions, I was not able to upload the file in that format. So anyway, open the PDF file, click to move forward.
Quite frequently, people ask me if they can use Windows applications within Ubuntu. In the past, I experimented a lot with a very fine Linux desktop Windows integration program, WINE (Wine is Not an Emulator). For information about the program, just click here. For Ubuntu, WINE can be installed directly from the Ubuntu Software Center on your PC. Not all Windows programs work well with WINE, so check out on the WINE AppDB whether your favourite application can be run on a Linux desktop through WINE. The software allows you to do a normal windows setup within a Linux desktop. Basically, with Wine, you run your Windows applications directly from the Linux desktop.
If you want or need to run your Windows applications directly from within Windows, just use Sun’s Virtualbox. It’s a free, Open Source Virtualization solution. It allows you to install and use Windows (and other) machines within a Linux machine; it even allows you to store your data on your Linux desktop home drive, and to access them from within the Windows virtual machine! For this functionality, please consult this documentation, and look for the word vboxsrv. Check it out!