WINE logoBy Marcos Aguilar

It may occur that the user needs to run a Windows application or game in Ubuntu and it finds that it cannot install windows programs.

Wine is a piece of software that tricks programs to believe they are running in a Windows environment.

In addition, this article will explain how to install Winetricks libraries needed to run windows, and PlayOnLinux applications to run games.


Wine comes in the Ubuntu repositories, ready to install. All the user has to do is open a terminal (applications -> accessories -> terminal) and enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install wine

The best option is to get the latest version of wine so the user should add its repositories.

Note: Ubuntu 12.04 has the latest version of Wine (version number 1.4) so it is not need to add its repositories.

For earlier versions of Ubuntu, open a terminal and run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

Press Enter, write the root password (for security reasons, not visible while the user types), we hit Enter.

Update the repository with the following command:

sudo apt-get update

Press Enter and the user would be ready for installation.

Once the repositories were added, and depending on whether there is a version of Wine already installed, do one of the following:

If Wine is not installed, issue the following command:

sudo apt-get install wine

If the user has an earlier version of Wine (the official Ubuntu repositories) installed, it can be updated with the following command:

sudo apt-get upgrade

Running Wine:

The Wine Menu already shows under Applications. It can be used to access Windows programs and Configure Wine (you can also configure it from a terminal with the winecfg command).

To install a.exe program, click the right mouse button on it and select “open with wine windows program loader”.

We can also run a program on a terminal with the following command:

sudo wine program.exe

It is a good idea that before installing a piece of software, especially if it’s powerful and complex, check the official WineHQ site, to see if the program would work well. It sometimes happens that it is necessary to install a library or dll for the program to work properly.


Often, the application the user tries to run fails because there is a required missing dynamic link library (DLL).

Winetricks is a script that will help the user in that task. With this script, the user can download and install the libraries that are required by the windows programs.

To install:

For the latest version of wine:

Those who have added the Wine repositories in Ubuntu and/or have installed the latest version of Wine, they should have winetricks with a package repository included. This is because it is automatically installed as a dependency when wine is installed.

It may also be desired to install the cabextract package:

sudo apt-get install cabextract

To launch it, press the ALT + F2 key combination and run:


A window showing all the libraries will open, select the needed ones, press accept and install as in windows: accept, accept… end.

For other versions of wine:

Open a terminal:

Download winetricks with the following command:

wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks

This will download the script in users’ personal folder and should never be deleted.

Winetricks does not need to be installed and libraries, it can be installed directly with the following command:

sh winetricks library

Eg. to install the “corefonts” and “directx9″ libraries run:

sh winetricks directx9 corefonts


PlayOnLinux allows users to run games. It’s in the Ubuntu repositories and can be installed with this command:

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

To install the very last version, add the proper repositories for the Ubuntu version the user has:

Ubuntu 11.04:

wget -q “deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg” -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo wget deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_natty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list

Ubuntu 10.10:

wget -q “deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg” -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo wget deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_maverick.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list

Ubuntu 10.04:

wget -q “deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg” -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo wget deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_lucid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list

Once the repositories are added, PlayOnLinux is updated and installed with:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

For Debian Squeeze, would be:

wget -q “deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg” -O- | apt-key add -

wget deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_squeeze.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list

apt-get update

apt-get install playonlinux

Learn more about wine compatible software.

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By Liz Lavender

Linux Mint is a upcoming and popular distribution of Linux. There are many common questions about Linux Mint that people want to know the answers to.

How do you install Linux Mint?

Download the distribution and burn it to a CD as an image and not a data file. You can put this CD into your computer and boot up from it. You have the option of previewing the operating system and not installing it if you wish. If you want to install it, simply click on the install icon on the desktop and follow the prompts. This process will take about 5 minutes to fill out basic information about about 20 to install.

How do you install the flash player to Linux Mint?

One version of Mint does not come with Flash. Simply search the repositories with the Mint Install tool and find Flash. This will install it to your system.

Is Ubuntu or Linux Mint Better?

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. The core system is basically the same. Mint comes with a different look and feel and a few additional tools. Neither one is really better than the other. There are differences that just come down to user preference.

How do you run EXE files in Mint?

You need to install a program called Wine. This will let you run EXE files and other Windows programs on your Linux system. It won’t run everything, but will do a fairly good job.

Where is the Thunderbird profile in Mint?

Your application settings are going to be in your home folder. Most of the time these folders start with a period meaning they are hidden from you. You need to select the option to see your hidden folders. For every Thunderbird folder to find your stored mail and profiles. This is the same for just about any program installed to your system.

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How Linux Users Can Play Poker on Poker Stars?

By Pankaj Diya Gupta

All Linux users can play poker on PokerStars. The only thing that they need to do is to install the wine – a free open source software that lets Linux users to run poker clients of any online poker room. This article highlights some easy steps that Linux users can follow to play poker on PokerStars.

1. Install Wine on your Linux System: To play poker on linux, you just need to download install the binary packages for Wine and Wine Tools. Wine Tools is a very useful application for installing poker clients and under wine and setting up you Wine directory.

2. After installing wine and wine tools on your Linux computers, you can just start, download the file PokerStarsInstall.exe (poker client software) from PokerStars and save it to /tmp. Now issue the following command: wine /tmp/PokerStarsInstall.exe

3. Now this will start the PokerStars installation. You need to follow the same steps that you would to install the application on a Windows operating system. Just accept the PokerStars terms and conditions and select the directory where you want to install the poker client.

4. Drive locations under Wine use the virtual drive labels created by the WineTools setup. However, you are suggested to install everything under C:, which will be under the ~/.wine directory by default. Now same as on Windows, some applications will ask you to reboot your machine when the installation is complete. Remember, you don’t need to reboot your Linux computer, but only the wine environment.

5. Now run the wineboot utility to start a Windows reboot; rather than taking several minutes, it will usually complete in a few seconds.

6. When the installation is complete, you may have new desktop icon with you can use to starts the poker client. In case, you don’t find that icon on your desktop. Then, find the real installation directory — for example, ~/.wine/c/Program Files/PokerStars — and run the poker client directly using the following command: wine PokerStars.exe.

7. Now enter your username and password, browse the poker lobby, join a table and start playing your favorite online poker games like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud and many more.

Pankaj Gupta writes for Online Poker Play, an in-depth online poker guide to learn how to play poker online on Linux Poker sites.

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Computer Operating Systems – Which One is Right For You?

By Kristen T White

Computer operating systems are a lot like food in that tastes in them vary greatly. They also are similar to food in that not everyone needs the same types, nor wants the same thing. The majority of personal computers owned by average Joe’s and Jane’s are most likely to feature a version of Microsoft’s Windows while businesses might run either Windows or some version of Linux. Every individual and every business uses computers for different reasons and as the operating system is the backbone of every computer it’s important to make sure you’re using the operating system that you can benefit from the most.

For the majority of users Windows is going to be the logical or even default choice. Windows has been the dominant operating system for well roughly 20 years and is compatible with upwards of 98% of software. Many Windows users don’t actually choose Windows as their system but since it’s packaged in with the vast majority of new PC’s these users are unaware that there are alternatives. For those who are aware of alternative operating systems they often choose Windows as their primary operating system for compatibility reasons. Some even go so far as to install Windows side by side another operating system such as Linux. Windows users enjoy being part of a group that has very few compatibility issues, plenty of regular updates, as well as regular major releases every couple of years. Windows is a great operating system for those individuals and businesses who want to use their computers for every day activities like conducting business, building websites, putting reports together, and surfing the Internet, among many others. Windows users also have the easiest time finding Orange County computer support when they encounter problems with their PC’s.

The most popular alternative to Microsoft’s Windows is Linux. Though regular updates are provided to Windows users free of charge, Windows upgrades are released on average, every couple years and in order to maintain the ability to run the latest hardware and software users will be asked to pay a fairly steep price for new versions of Windows, which often includes nothing more than an enhanced/revamped graphical user interface and sometimes becomes more complicated for the average user. Depending on the version, Linux is generally free of charge. There still exists a stigma that only tech geeks will understand and be capable of using one of the many versions of Linux, but with the release of Linux systems like Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and even Kubuntu, the learning curve for Linux has been brought way down. Not only do most modern versions of Linux now resemble Windows making them easier to use for individuals with little technical savvy but Linux is now much more compatible with programs that once ran only under Windows. Many people who have become frustrated with the price of Windows, the operating system’s vulnerability to attacks, it’s proprietary tendencies, and closed system have turned to Linux.

The few Windows based programs that don’t have a Linux alternative can be run through Wine, a program designed specifically to run Windows applications on a Linux operating system. Though some businesses may run a Linux server operating system it remains mainly an alternative for users who want a richer and more secure experience on a computer. It used to be that in order to get support or technical assistance for a Linux operating system you had to know someone who possessed a high level of technical ability but these days even many Orange County PC repair companies have begun offering services for help with the many different versions of Linux.

With Windows having the largest penetration rate amongst individual and business users and Linux quickly gaining ground in the compatibility and popularity departments, you might think that there’s no other operating system to consider. Apple’s Macintosh however is what some in the computer world refer to as a sleeping giant. Mac’s utilize Unix, which Linux is based off of and is as solid and reliable as Linux. In the past compatibility issues have kept a great many people from choosing a Mac over a PC though in more recent times Wine for Mac’s, much like the version found in Linux has become a powerful tool with which to run Windows based programs.

As Wine improves Mac’s will undoubtedly become more popular among home users. Business wise however Mac’s have long been the operating system/computers of choice for those whom render movies, graphics, and record music. In time however expect to see Mac’s share the spotlight with Windows and Linux based PC’s as the operating systems becomes more compatible with commercial and popular software. Many Orange County computer support specialists now offer services that can help owners with their Mac’s should they have any issues with the operating system. This is another indication that the popularity of Mac’s is steadily growing.

Kristen White is the owner of TH2 Technologies, an Orange County computer support firm offering the most comprehensive computer repair and maintenance services available.

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Getting Started With Ubuntu – How To Connect To The Internet And Do Common Window Tasks
By David Babble

Download the latest version of Ubuntu from their official site and burn the downloaded ISO file to a blank CD. Any good CD burning software should be able to handle writing ISO files to a disc.

When the CD finishes remove it and put it back into the drive so it auto plays and followed the instructions to boot into the Live CD. Live CD allows you to temporarily run Ubuntu and most of its features without doing anything to your installation of Windows. This is a good chance to see if you really like what Ubuntu has to offer before really committing.

ubuntu-logo-thumb-230x130-8629-fAfter playing around in Ubuntu’s environment for a bit you’ll notice an examples folder on the desktop that has various types of files that can be opened using Ubuntu’s default programs installed. For example, Ubuntu will use Open Office (a free alternative to Microsoft Office) to open DOC files.

Connecting to the Internet in Ubuntu

There was no obvious signs of how to connect to the Internet. After looking around the help pages built into the operating system you’ll notice that connecting to the Internet is pretty simple, unless you have a USB ADSL modem. Being on an Orange broadband basic package means a USB ADSL modem has to be used unless you own a router separately.

Being on the basic package means connecting to the Internet using a USB modem, not an Ethernet Live box that Orange provides on the upgraded package. So rebooting the computer and finding a web page came up with the instructions to extract some firmware, write a boot script etc. just to get the modem to connect.

After completing the modem installation in the Ubuntu’s Live CD environment you’ll be prompted to restart Ubuntu to get started. Restarting Ubuntu whilst using Live CD will just restart into Windows, so that’s no good!

There had to be another answer. At this point I got fed up and went back to Windows. A few months later I plucked up the courage to try Ubuntu again but the Internet connection issue was still stick in my mind. So I searched around on Google more and searched the Ubuntu Forums. This is when I came across some luck. I found a thread in a forum thread where a guy made a USB ADSL modem manager program!

Was this going to end the problem? I thought. So after checking out the USB Modem Manager site and then following the link to the latest version, I downloaded the Debian file for it, .DEB. First thought was, being used to Windows, what the hell do I do with a Debian file? Is it a Ubuntu version of a Windows zip file or what?

I double clicked the Debian file downloaded to my desktop and voilà, it started to install the modem manager, great, must be just Ubuntu’s version of a windows .EXE file. The program prompted me to unplug and plug my modem back in and it still didn’t work. So after a couple of times of re-extracting the firmware, disconnecting and reconnecting using the options in the manager, the progress bar for the Internet connection located in the top right went fully green, it must’ve worked.

I opened Firefox, typed in a URL and hey presto, the Internet worked. Fortunately, this USB modem manager doesn’t require a restart so it’s possible to run and test the Internet while using the Live CD, which I highly recommend doing.

Taking the Plunge with Ubuntu

With this caveat fixed, I took the plunge, backed up all my files onto an external hard drive and fully installed Ubuntu over Windows.

After trying it for just over 24 hours I became convinced that this was an operating system that I would be using for the long term. I can copy large amounts of files from one hard drive to the other without my PC noticeably slowing or making music stutter, file transfers are seamless whilst doing other tasks.

I tried opening a video file and Ubuntu complained that it couldn’t play that type of file, but it promptly came up with a message telling me I can download the required files to get it to work, so a click of the OK button and it was fixed. I tried playing an MP3 and the same happened, just a click of a message and Ubuntu located and installed the required files to play my music. These files need to be downloaded separately due to propriety issues.

A few things take a while to get used to, such as the folder views it has and the prompts that come up occasionally requesting your password to be entered. This might seem odd to have to enter a password just to change the date/time. With Windows latest operating system, Vista, prompting for requests on more admin type tasks, the odd one or two from Ubuntu are manageable.

Playing Video Games and other Windows Software in Ubuntu

I don’t play games much and haven’t attempted to do so yet, but I’ll try WINE sometime and see if that works. WINE is a program to let you play Windows only software in Ubuntu. Could come in handy for Photoshop since the free equivalent, GIMP, just doesn’t cut it for some things I want to do, such as batch image processing.

Ubuntu is a flavour of Linux that is becoming a popular, free alternative to Windows. To get started, go to the Ubuntu site.


Hopefully this guide will help the average computer user out there decide whether they really want to take the plunge with a different, but free operating system. In summary, if you’re prepared to spend a few hours to get used to it and to get it working the way you want, go for it!

http://launchpad.net/usb-adsl-modem-manager – USB ADSL Modem Manager for Ubuntu

http://www.babblestorm.co.uk/search.php?search=ubuntu – Ubuntu related news

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