If you are using a Linux-based Ubuntu operating system and need to use a Windows operating system-supported application, you can choose Wine, which is completely legal and free software.
How to Install and Use Wine 6.0 on Ubuntu 20.10
Under normal circumstances, you cannot run a Windows application on Linux/Ubuntu. So, by using the program called Wine to run a Windows program on your system, you can install and run any program on your computer.
You can run Windows applications with WineHQ software on old and new distributions of Ubuntu. After installing this program, you can install programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe PhotoShop on your computer and run them easily.
In this article, we going to examine how to install WineHQ step by step on Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions.
The latest version of the Wine software is 6.0. The WineHQ team released Wine 6.0 Stable, Devel, and Staging versions on January 21, 2021.
How to Install Wine 6.0
The most current version of the Linux/Ubuntu operating system is 20.10. For example, you can install a Notepad++, Photoshop program on your Ubuntu 20.10 system, and even run the most popular mobile game PUBG Mobile and PUBG PC game on your Ubuntu computer.
Press the Y key and then Enter to confirm the installation of dependent packages for Wine.
Click the Install button to install the Wine Mono package that ensures the correct operation of applications that require a .NET framework.
Also, click the Install button to install the Wine Gecko package required for embedded HTML applications.
After installing the WineHQ software, you can use the “wine –version” command on the terminal to find out its version, and you can also run the “winecfg” command to run it.
In addition, you can check the version of the program from the About section of the program’s GUI interface.
Running Windows Programs on Ubuntu
After installing Wine to run Windows programs on macOS, Linux, and Android, we’ll run Notepad as an example.
Download the latest version of the Notepad program onto your Ubuntu 20.10 system from the website. Move the downloaded exe file to the desktop location and then follow the steps below.
To open the Notepad.exe file with Wine, right-click on the file and then click Open With Other Application and then select Wine Windows Program Loader as in the image below.
When Notepad installation starts on Ubuntu, select the language you want to use and click the OK button.
Continue by clicking the Next button in the Wizard window.
Click the I Agree button to accept the Notepad ++ v7.9.2 license agreement.
You can manually select the installation location or select the location configured by default. To install in the default location specified during the installation phase, just click Next at this step.
Since you will be installing on the Linux distribution in the select components window, you may not see some options here, but this is not a problem that will prevent the program from running. Therefore, click the Next button to continue the installation.
To create a desktop shortcut for the Windows-based program you installed on the Ubuntu operating system, select the relevant option as in the image below and click the Install button.
After completing Notepad ++ installation, start the program and check its operability.
You can now see a Windows program running smoothly on the Ubuntu distribution.
Finally, to make the desktop shortcut’s icon visible, right-click on it and then click Allow Launching. You can see that the icon is now visible and working in the right part of the image below.
WineHQ Installation on Legacy Ubuntu Distributions
In this article, we have examined the steps to install the Wine software to run Windows-based applications or games on the popular and widely used Ubuntu distribution by many users. Thanks for following us!