Wine is open-source software that allows you to run Windows programs in Linux. Wine can run on Linux, OSX and Unix computers running the x86 architecture. Although you can find Linux alternatives for most types of software, Wine is great when there is no alternative and it is also nice to be able to run a Windows game every now and then on your Linux computer too. Notepad++ is a great first program to download, install, and run with Wine.
1. Open a terminal (Dash Home > Search for “terminal”), or (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and key in the following commands:
2. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
3. sudo apt-get update
4. sudo apt-get install wine1.3
5. When you get to the End User License Agreement hit the tab key to highlight the <Ok> button and hit enter.
6. Download the Notepad++ installer by going to their website and clicking the download link: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/.
7. If you downloaded the installer with Firefox is will be located in your downloads folder.
8. To launch the installer navigate to your Downloads folder:
sudo cd ~/Downloads
You can also double click on the executable installer and Wine will install it to the virtual c: drive and then run it!
9. After the installation you will find Wine in your programs under Applications > Wine or just search for Wine.
Links for more information:
The Wine website: http://www.winehq.org/
Installation instructions: http://www.winehq.org/download/deb
Programs that work well with Wine: http://appdb.winehq.org/
Visit the Wine Wiki: http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ
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