Will Windows Software Work on Linux?

Whenever you move from one operating system to another there are always a few of your favorite programs that you wish you could use on the new platform.  So now you want to move to the open source linux platform and you have some Windows programs you want to be able to continue using.  Well, you are in luck, there is an application on the linux platform which acts as a platform loader where you can run Windows programs.

That application is called WINE which stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator.  This application is always being enhanced because the fact of the matter is that the application must be revised to create an API for each Windows Application that you are trying to run.   However, do not let ths get you down as WINE is used to port such programs as Ofice Installer, Photoshop CS3, iTunes, and many games such as Guild Wars and the World of Warcraft.

The primary thing to remember is that  under linux you can run applications under open source that are very similar to the look and feel of the same programs in Windows, but without the out of pocket expense.

Switch from Windows to Linux

Speaking of VirtualBox, even if a Linux application you want to use doesn’t have a Windows-compatible version, you don’t have to give up Windows in order to install Linux and run your program.

Run Windows apps on Linux

Wine enables Linux, Mac, BSD, and Solaris users run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows. Wine is free software under constant development. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free.

Install Windows Games in Linux

All these use wine which is a free software for running Windows applications in Linux. Though paid, Cedega and Crossover Games don’t support as many applications as PlayOnLinux. And when you are not sure that whether your games are going … Do as directed, then under “What do you want to do?” select “Install a program in a new prefix“ in case you are installing the application for the first time.