By now, you should have already heard of the popular Wine software that allows you to install Windows applications in Linux. There is also another paid application – CrossOver that utilities Wine and comes with a simplified GUI to help you get the job done easier. Now, here’s another software that is as powerful as Wine and as user-friendly as Crossover, and best of all, it is free.
Wine-Doors is an application designed to make installing windows software on Linux, Solaris or other Unix systems easier. Wine-Doors is built on top of the Wine package, and it provides a easy to use GUI with a one click access to download/install the most commonly used Windows app.
Download the installer file from the Wine-Doors download site. If you are using Ubuntu, download the deb file. Double click on the downloaded deb file to install it in your system.
Open the Wine-Doors application (Applications -> System Tools -> Wine Doors)
When you run it for the first time, it will prompt you to enter your name and company and verify that you have a valid Microsoft Windows license.
Once you click Proceed, it will then download and install a series of compatible font to your system.
When the installation is done, you will see the main screen where you can choose a series of applications to install.
Applications that you can install right within Wine-Doors include:
- Visual C++ Libraries
- Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 (anyone know why is there a need to install a older windows version of Firefox in your Linux?)
- Internet Explorer 6
- Opera 9
- Quicktime 7
- Windows Media Player 6 and 9
- 7zip 4
- DVD Decrypter 3
- Dreamweaver 8
- Flash 8
- Total Commander 7
- Eudora 7
- CDex 1
- 3DMark 2000
- MetaTrader 4 (Forex trading platform)
- Notepad++ 4
- Irfan View 4
And even some games:
- Half Life 2
- World of Warcraft 2
- Warcraft 3
- Call of Duty
- RollerCoaster Tycoon2
and many other applications. If the list of applications is not sufficient for you, you can also add extra repository to it.
Scroll down the list to find the application that you want to install. Click on the Install link on the right to add it to the Queue section. (Note: Clicking the Install link does not install the app. It only adds to the Queue)
Go to the Queue section.
Highlight the applications that you want to install and click Apply at the bottom. Wine-Doors will then proceed to download the applications from its repository and run the installer.
Once the installation is completed, you will be able to access it from your menu bar.
If you install commercial Adobe apps like Dreamweaver 8 or Photoshop CS2, Wine-Doors will download the demo version (valid only for 30 days) and you need to have a license key to unlock it. Dreamweaver CS3 is not available in the repository (perhaps it is because it doesn’t work out of the box), nevertheless you can still follow the tutorial here to install Dreamweaver CS3 in Ubuntu.
Manage Wine processes
Wine-Doors allows you to view all the currently running Wine processes and give you the option to kill all processes or reboot wine. This is useful for resetting/terminating an application when it crashes.
If you are a subscriber of Cedega, you can import your Profiles into Wine-Doors and install game from here.
Unlike CrossOver, Wine-Doors does not provide a way to uninstall the applications. If you are looking for ways to uninstall applications, you have to do it the Wine way:
Open a terminal and type:
You can then select the applications that you want to uninstall.
Refer to the guide here to uninstall applications in Wine.
Have you tried WINE, CrossOver and Wine-Doors. Which one do you prefer?