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5 ways to install Windows software on Linux

There is no doubt that Linux is a very powerful system, and this is not unusual. But what may make many users prefer Windows is the software available to it, unlike Linux. For example Photoshop. This is why some programs are designed for a Linux systems to make the user use it and use with it windows software.


 1. Wine
This program is not an emulator. It is a kind of layer between Windows applications and Linux systems. Allows you to install and run many popular Windows software and work with them as if they were original Windows apps.

To install it, execute one of the following commands in Terminal:

1. Ubuntu, Debian, Mint:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo add-apt-repository "deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ artful main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable
2. Fedora:
sudo dnf install winehq-stable
3. openSUSE:
sudo zypper install wine
4. Arch, Manjaro:
sudo pacman -S wine

2. Winetricks

If you don't like "Wine", I suggest you try "Winetricks"

To install it, execute one of the following commands in Terminal:
1. Ubuntu, Debian, Mint:
sudo apt-get install winetricks
2. Fedora:
sudo dnf install winetricks
3. openSUSE:
sudo zypper install winetricks
4. Arch, Manjaro:
sudo pacman -S winetricks

3. PlayOnLinux


PlayOnLinux is another easy tool to run Windows apps on Linux. Like Winetricks, it has a simple graphical interface. But, on the contrary, PlayOnLinux lets you select a specific version of Wine for an app. This is useful if one of the programs you need does not work properly with new versions of Wine. In general, PlayOnLinux looks much prettier and more practical than Winetricks.

To install it, execute one of the following commands in Terminal:


1. Ubuntu, Debian, Mint:
sudo apt-get install playonlinux
2. Fedora:
sudo dnf install playonlinux
3. OpenSUSE:
sudo zypper install playonlinux
4. Arch, Manjaro:
sudo pacman -S playonlinux

4. Crossover

Sometimes, PlayOnLinux and Winetricks don't match the installation of some very fast apps. In this case, you can use Crossover. This program is easy to use. Just select the application you want to install and attach a Crossover install file.


A one-year Crossover license costs $39.95, but the program also includes a free trial. It is recommended that you install the app you need first to make sure it works properly.

5.VirtualBox

If the program refuses to work despite all attempts, you only have to use the program "VirtualBox" although it may consume a lot of the resources of the system, it is considered a radical solution, in this way you can home windows or Mac system even within the Linux system.

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