There is a tool that will be familiar to regular Linux users but perhaps not to those who have yet to spend time with the open source OS which is called WINE. It was originally developed to run a limited selection of Windows applications in Linux but has since grown to support 22419 applications as of today. If you want to try Linux especially if you feel limited by the amount of Steam games supported then you should check out the tutorial at Linux.com. The hardware requirements for Ubuntu and WINE are very low, this is a perfect opportunity to get some old hardware up and running and give Linux a shot, while still being able to use most of the Windows applications you are used to.
On the other hand if you are familiar with Linux, you knew all this already.
"To overcome this weakness, a compatibility layer called WINE was created. The name originally stood for Wine Is Not an Emulator (because everyone mistook the tool for a Windows emulator). The name is now simply Wine."
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WINE is the emulation
WINE is the emulation software that let’s me go from not being able to run windows software on Linux to just barely being able to run windows software on linux.
Tired using Wine on Mac OS. I
Tired using Wine on Mac OS. I know the thread doesn’t specifically mention it on Mac OS. For the most part it didn’t work and wouldn’t run the programs I tired to use it to run. When it did eventually run a program it ran like it was on a computer from 10 years ago. The concept is great and the idea is brilliant. The software itself however is not.
I have been playing with
I have been playing with virtual box, but that would still require a version of windows. I haven’t tried wine in a while. I assume you will need to look up the app you want to run and see if it actually is known to work or not.
So far Wine has worked well
So far Wine has worked well enough for me to run The Witcher without incident. Don’t know about Witcher 2 or 3. Probably not 3.
Witcher 2 is available on
Witcher 2 is available on Linux, so no need for wine!
another thing to keep in mind
another thing to keep in mind is that wine can’t currently run dx10 / x64 games for time being & probably is a couple yrs away from doing so at best AFAICT. (ie. I can play USFIV via Wine which is dx9 / x86 based, but can’t play Strider 2014 b/c of dx10 /x64 requirement even though my PC is capable of in Win7).