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Installing Wine Cli And PlayOnLinux GUI

Installing Wine Cli and PlayOnLinux GUI, which is, but 'one of several GUIs', to easily manage Windows based software installations.

Wine is a free CLI based and open-source compatibility layer, that aims to allow computer programs developed for Microsoft Windows, to run on Unix-like operating systems.

Wine also provides a software library, known as Winelib, against which developers can compile Windows applications to help port them to Unix-like systems.

Wine provides its own Windows runtime environment which translates Windows system calls into POSIX-compliant system calls, recreating the directory structure of Windows systems and providing alternative implementations of Windows system libraries.

The program provides System services through wineserver and various other components (such as Internet Explorer, the Windows Registry Editor and msiexec.

Wine is predominantly, written using 'black-box testing reverse-engineering, to avoid copyright issues.

This guide will begin with the installation of Wine, then PlayOnLinux and also a part of problem solving.

If you have problems installing "NOT" listed software.

Before you install, make sure you have enabled 32 bit packages:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Press Enter.

How to install Wine:

Download and install the repository key.

wget -nc

Press Enter.

Now add the key:

sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Add the repository to:

/etc/apt/sources.list or create a *.list under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

With the following content:

deb stretch main

Save and exit.

Then update packages:

sudo apt-get update

Press Enter.

Now install the Stable version:

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Press Enter, done.

However, some NOT listed apps might crash, if that is the case....

WineHQ website

How to install PlayOnLinux.

Type the following commands:

wget -q "" -O- | apt-key add -

Press Enter.

wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list

Press Enter.

sudo apt-get update

Press Enter.

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Press Enter, done.

PlayOnLinux website

Problem solving:

When apps not listed at WineHQ, like "Rosetta Stone" and crashes using wine install command or an installation from the GUI PlayOnLinux.

Type the following command:

sudo apt-get install wine:i386

Press Enter, then choose one of these packages listed below.

Package wine:i386 is a virtual package provided by:

  • winehq-staging:i386 4.9~stretch
  • winehq-stable:i386 4.0.1~stretch
  • winehq-devel:i386 4.9~stretch
  • wine 1.8.7-2
  • wine-development 2.0-3

You should explicitly select one to install.

Note: I installed winehq-staging:i386.

sudo apt-get update

Press Enter, then.

Run the following command:

sudo apt-get install winehq-staging:i386

Press Enter.

When done, re-install the program using PlayOnLinux and when done, click 'RUN' button.

Where does Wine install programs in the filesystem?

The Program Files folder are located in:

/home/YOUR USERNAME/.wine/ or /home/user/PlayOnLinux's virtual drives