As a Linux user you will cross paths with wine and in this post I’ll be talking about whether is it a good or a bad addition to your system.
You need all the help you can get playing on Linux, if you can have your collection of games running with Wine, that’s a win (no pun intended).
A starting point
Any beginner taking the first steps in the world of Linux will have to use Wine to ease the transition from MS to Linux. (No! I don’t mean drink the pain away!!) In fact some distributions aimed at beginner users have it installed by default like Zorin.
Wine because wine exists
Wine is better than other solutions
- Having Windows along just to play games you can use Wine to play is absurd!
- Another solution that is safe but resource extensive is using a virtual machine to run all your applications inside it. For modern systems it could exceed 30 GB to install and 2 – 4 GB of RAM to run it. If you can run the Games using wine then you save a ton of resources in comparison!
What programs and games Wine runs?
How does it work?
|Uninstall wine programs from here|
And you can edit several settings from the applet configure wine, including what version of windows does it work like for compatibility.
If you already have it, Wine it!
Please refer to the manual on the official website, there are steps that needs to be done in order to get the 32 bit and 64 bit programs to run without an issue on Ubuntu. I recommend using the development branch to get the latest version possible.
Wine is not a perfect solution, it has its flaws like any software, but it came a long way in running your games and software on Linux. Having it run with Lutris really enhances your gaming experience and widens your game options by a whole lot!
Just remember to use with moderation, native is always better.
Do you use Wine on your Linux machine? How is your experience? Leave a comment below and let me know what do you think?
I wrote an Arabic post a few years ago that roughly mentions wine, take a look at it from here.