How to Run Windows Software (and Games) on Linux with Wine

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JonathanAmis

There are several games that gave me a headache while trying to make them run on Linux. I'm very happy that with Jewel Quest 3 it doesn't occur any error. I waste enough time trying to play Starcraft and MOHA, but I've never used this Wine software.

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AgustinD

 Not Linux is free, fully customizable, managable, and tidy. Everyone in the world can use this software as it was intended, completly free.  People can help improve apon the software and can share their improvements to the community.if you want to pay for support of GNU/Linux, then there are several distributions that offer this service, Ubuntu and Redhat being 2 of several.Cohiba cigars

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ready4war

Wine is okay but when i ran Game Engine, my computer froze probably because it was an NETBOOK WITH AN 900MHZ CPU AND 1GB of DDR2 RAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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CarmonaEnterprises

WINE has come a long way from what it was a few years ago but as for playing games.and would use it to run window applications. Just wondering what people would use under the WINE program?

I would like to see a developer wheither it's Microsoft, Linux or whomever, to create an OS dedicated to just playing games from DOS to Windows XP and have it customized to work with any controller as well as configured to play the MMORPG.

 

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Havok

 Zing!

 

 

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Tekzel

Im not surprised you had problems running Fallout 3 on Wine.  Hell, I can't get it running on WINDOWS.

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AttilaTheHunk

Installing PlayonLinux makes things a hell lot easier like creating wineprefixes and it also has its own repository so you don't have to worry about wineconfig yourself.

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neo1piv14

Also, it might be worth mentioning that there are games out there that natively support Linux. I was going back through some of my older games and I noticed that Unreal 2k4 as well as the new Unreal have linux based installers so you don't have to use Wine, Cedega or anything else like that. So if you like the games, support the companies that do recognize that you might use a non-windows OS, and we might just get to see more titles like that. 

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da_samman

Here are some concerns I would look into if I wanted to try Linux: 

1.  What about WoW, especially with the newest expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King? 

2.  How about console emulators?

3.  Titan Quest?  Diablo II?

Sincerely yours, from Fort Lewis, WA

SGT Samuel E. McClard II

Life's a journey, enjoy the ride!!

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ghost6007

I play Worl O' Warcrack perfectly fine with Wine; especially since version 1.0 of Wine came out and WoLK added a "use openGL" checkbox for Graphics settings.

Hunt around on Ubuntu forums or just google "Run WoW on Ubuntu" and you will find a pretty comprehensive but dated write up on how to get the best out of WoW on Wine.

I don't know about other games but check the Wine website; those older games should run fine.

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lunchbox73

Or you could just save the added stress, time, effort, and frustration and use Windows. Why do people use Linux again? Linux fanboys insert flaming here:

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habuza

Didn't like it. None of my software works on it, I don't want to mess around w/ api's. That's why I choose to use an OS where I can just plop a cd in the drive and my software works. Linux fanboys wonder why their OS never "took off" and went mainstream? Hrmm.... oh yeah, your logo is a bird that can't fly.

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Devo85x

Just because you dont understand it, doesn't mean other people dont... I was only frustrated with linux once, and that was Nvidia's fault, since they decide to only allow propietary drivers... oh, and the fix to my problem was simple... not too much time or effort involved...

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MeTo

Linux is Free and when you get it to work its stable and hassel free. No virus,malware,adware and when your computer is idle it is idle not running all the stuff in the background. Did i mention its FREE!

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lunchbox73

Mmmmmm.....nope. Still not convinced. Keep going.

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AntiHero

It saves electricity, it's stable and simple. It can run on even the most basic of gear (i mean cheap inner city school district computers) and still be somewhat fast. It doesn't run needless garbage like windows does (and moreso if you bought an OEM Machine...then you have bloatware.) In all honesty, windows CAN be easier, but linux is just as easy. Note how most netbooks come with a linux distro on them...and those sell better than windows ones i've noticed. Linux is free, fully customizable, managable, and tidy. You can find anything because everything goes into the right repositories. Ever tried uninstalling norton? it's ahassle.... Linux doesn't have viruses because most linux users can repair it. Also, the errors actually make sense, it's not "error code 0x000102123120412480 to the power of 10" it's in the selected default language.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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Havok

 You must've been on the same mailing list that Disk Keeper has. I don't buy it either. And just how many Linux distros are there being shipped on OEM rigs? (including desktops if you must) The last one I saw was over a year ago, it was the first EEE PC. Linux fans (and I dont use fanboy like Mac guys because I respect them) are very hardcore about their product, but I dont see any relative merits to using Linux. You end up tweaking Linux more than a bad installation of Windows.

Im sorry, I dont share the same enthusiasim as you have toward Linux. Also, its kinda nice to know that with OEMs you always have an 800 number to call as a safety net. Unfortunately with Linux, almost all of your resources are online in forums... nice but kinda hard to get at when the distro you are running suddenly dies and you need to do a little DIY coding.

 

 

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GreenTurtle

If your system dies in Linux, run off of the Live Cd and check out the online forums as to the problem. Easy and free :)

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coolfrenz28

When you people wrote about wine i thought about the liquor. but as a software i was really shocked..

I want to give you some tips while working on it... use some <a href="http://www.gocubans.com"> Best Cigars</a> while doing hectic works... it will improve your efficiency. i use to take it sometime.

Enjoy

Simpy Lavans

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conzar

GNU/Linux is about Freedom.  The freedom to do anything you want with the operating system.  When you use proprietary software, you give up that freedom and are at the mercy of the "corperation".  And you also are charged for your privleges to be taken away. 

GNU/Linux is about sharing.  Everyone in the world can use this software as it was intended, completly free.  People can help improve apon the software and can share their improvements to the community.  This is how the world should run.  Capitalismpromotes abhorent behaviour, hording, and many of the problems we see today such as war.

GNU/Linux is about choice.  You can choose how you want to run your operating system, you can choose what programs run on your operating system, and you can choose how your programs are packaged.  You can choose to run GNU/Linux on your laptop, you can choose to run it on your nintendo DS, you can choose to run it on your cell phone.

 GNU/Linux is about us.  For the survivability of our human race, we must start sharing, stop killing each other, stop taking resources from each other, and share.  GNU/Linux is a great platform for how our society could be.

 As for the poster above, if you want to pay for support of GNU/Linux, then there are several distributions that offer this service, Ubuntu and Redhat being 2 of several.  They each have 800 numbers that you can call into to help you with your problems.

 

 

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kkern

I use Codeweaver's CrossOver Games on an Apple Mac Pro and it works great for me.  I see the $40 to buy it as an investment in the Wine Project. For all the fun in TF2 I have, it is worth it!

I only play TF2 with semi-low graphics settings, which is fine for me -- I don't need to see myself flaming in high-res.  i'm sure I could tweak the settings.  It certain beats rebootig or having another machine just for gaming.

 

 

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Devo85x

I never used wine (I have it installed though) because I HATE setting up the audio, and I have NEVER had a good experience trying to play games on it...

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Havok

 I can't run Star War: Republic Commando on my Windows 7 rig. XP mode is a no go, but do you think I could DL then fire up Wine to fix my problem? I tend to stay way from this stuff, but, duty calls. I'm currently using Virtual Box with an old XP licencse, but it can't properly use my graphics card...

 

 

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EarthBoundMisfit

Registered Linux User #404122 Microsoft has encountered a critical system error and must now shut down. Better get Bill Gate$ on the phone for this one.......

Guess I 'll be the lamer here and say I kinda disagree. I know it's great being able to keep some of your favorite games that are older, but face it, not all games work with Wine. For every Half Life 2 that does work, there are Command & Conquer or Mechwarrior games that don't.
I used to support Transgaming, but even as a paying customer, my voice in games supported were not heard, which is why I use Sun's VirtualBox with added 3D support for graphics. I look forward to 256 mb graphic support in the future.

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Bizarre

Do we have to be 21 to use it? ;)

Currently running: Q6600, 4GB 1066 DDR2 RAM, 9800 GTX, Gigabyte x48-DS4

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foamcup

That was retarded.

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DBsantos77

ZOMG HL2 AND PORTAL?! WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEEEEEEEED?!

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AntiHero

Nothing, since that also means TF2 and Left 4 Dead, also Counter Strike: Source and Day of Defeat: Source. Call of duty 2 and 4 seem to work fine as well. PlayOnLinux in conjunction with WinE is a good practice. I used to play World of Warcraft, Call of Duty 2 and UO, as well as Warcraft III, Starcraft, Diablo and ran Ventrilo on my Ubuntu 8.04 install a couple years ago, until i got a vista based laptop. I did CAL and other ladders on Linux too....i had better performance than other people did on their windows machines with the exact same specs as me.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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