Wine is a great utility that allows users to run Windows applications in a Linux environment. Wine 6.0 has finally been released and features a number of improvements and a total of 40 bug fixes.
Some key areas that have undergone major changes include:
- Redesign of the text console
- Improvements to volcano support
- Text and fonts
- Kernel objects and functions
- A set of core modules in PE format.
- DirectShow and Media Foundation support.
- Improvements in audio and video frames.
You will find a more comprehensive list of changes made Wine declaration.
The latest release is dedicated Ken Thomases who was an experienced and brilliant developer before the untimely death of his Christmas time, who was behind Wine support on macOS. Our thoughts and prayers go to his colleagues, family and friends.
Shift gears and focus on installation Wine 6.0 on Ubuntu 20.04.
Step 1: Enable the 32-bit architecture
The first way to do this is to enable the 32-bit architecture with the dpkg command, as follows:
$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Step 2: Add the wine storage key
When 32-bit architecture is added, continued and more Wine archive key using the wget command as shown.
$ wget -qO - https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key | sudo apt-key add -
You should get ‘ALRIGHT’ terminal output as seen from the screenshot above
Step 3: Set up the wine storage
When you add an archive key, the next step is to enable the Wine archive. To add an archive, run the displayed command:
$ sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main'
Then update the system package lists as shown.
$ sudo apt update
Step 4: Install Wine 6.0 on Ubuntu
At this point, all that remains is installation Wine 6.0 on Ubuntu Using APT Package Manager as follows.
$ sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable
This installs a set of packages, libraries and drivers.
When the installation is complete, check the wine version as shown.
$ wine --version
Step 5: Use Wine to run Windows programs in Ubuntu
Shows how you can use Wine To run the Windows program, we downloaded Rufus executable file
(.exe) from Rufus official website.
Run the command to run the file:
$ wine rufus-3.13.exe
The wine begins with creation Wine config file in the home directory, in this case
~/.wine as shown.
When you are prompted to install wine mono package which is required .NET applications, clickInstallbutton.
The download will start soon
Also install Gecko a package required by HTML embedding applications.
Choose whether to check for application updates from time to time.
Finally Rufus interface is shown as shown.
Installation was successful Wine on Ubuntu 20.04 and gave you a preview of how you can perform Windows application
.exe in a format that does not normally work in a Linux environment.
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