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chasity 07-13-2006 11:39 PM

can you install games on ubuntu that are windows?my children love ubuntu but we can't
 
can you install games on ubuntu that are windows?my children love ubuntu but we can't install there games that we have for windows.is it possible to install window based games on ubuntu?thanks!

wounded625 07-13-2006 11:48 PM

yes you can, you can install a program called wine.

quote from the winehq.org website
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To install Wine from the WineHQ APT repository, you need to configure APT to look in the right place for the Wine packages. On Ubuntu systems, and those using the Synaptic Package Manager, this can be done easily by opening up Synaptic (System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager) and selecting Settings->Repositories. Then click add, select custom, and enter one of the following:
For Ubuntu Dapper (6.06):
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt dapper main
For Ubuntu Breezy (5.10):
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt breezy main
now, click ok, Then, simply click reload and search for the package 'wine', without quotes. Then, right click it and click select for install. than click apply at the top, and wine will install. If you already have a 'wine' package installed, selecting mark all upgrades should update Wine to the newest version.

now, double click the executable file (.exe file) from which the game is launched, it will not recognize the file and it will ask what to open it with, in the open with text box, type in "wine" without quotes, than check "remember application assosiation with for this type of file", than click ok, windows programs will than automatically start with wine

if this game is on a cd, than put the cd in the drive, double click "install.exe" located on the cd. do the same thing with the open with dialog. it will than install it. im not very familiar with ubuntu, but im pretty sure it will then add a shortcut to the desktop or menu.

rickh 07-14-2006 12:12 AM

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yes you can...
You should understand that graphic intensive games or advanced gaming will probably not work as well as they do on Windows. Educational type things should work OK. You should also be investigating native Linux games.

wounded625 07-14-2006 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by rickh
You should understand that graphic intensive games or advanced gaming will probably not work as well as they do on Windows. Educational type things should work OK. You should also be investigating native Linux games.

Also, some Windows games can be played natively under linux, one game being Quake III: Arena.


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