Is it possible to run Windows software under Debian Linux?


Yes, there is the Wine Emulator that works with a variety of applications and simulates WindowsXP SP3.

Compatible software lists are available at the WineHQ site.

For more advanced and complete support for various Windows applications such as Photoshop, CrossOver Office from CodeWeavers is recommended. Crossover is based on Wine and they offer a search function through their website, where you can find out if your applications are supported or not before you buy a license for $39 USD, instead of a $119 USD for a Windows10 license.

However, you have some free alternative ( GUI's ) Graphical User Interfaces for Wine. They are all available in Debians repository.

  1. Q4Wine - is a Qt4 GUI, which will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications.
  2. PlayOnLinux - Uses Bash and Python and I note that the developers states that there are some bugs in the software.
  3. WineTricks - UNINSTALL ! Previous versions before installing the latest version !

Open a terminal window and type:

sudo apt-get purge winetricks

Press Enter,

Probably best to do so with the others as well before upgrading.

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Games For Linux

Windows has always been the preferred platform for gaming, but after STEAM's interest in Linux more game developers are making their games natively available for Linux.


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