Installing Wine (and more) on Debian Wheezy

 Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator)

Wine, or “Wine Is Not an Emulator,” is a compatibility layer for Linux that allows one to run Windows Applications on Linux. Not every Windows application is guaranteed to work properly, if not at all. I installed Wine (stable) version 1.4.1.

This would involve one or more steps, depending upon my CPU architecture. I had been using CrunchBang 11/Debian 7 (Wheezy) 64-bit.

To install Wine on CrunchBang 11/Debian 7 (Wheezy) 32-bit via Terminal:

sudo apt-get install wine

For CrunchBang 11/Debian 7 (Wheezy) 64-bit:

sudo apt-get install wine && sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wine-bin:i386

To access the Wine configuration, which would probably prompt any further installation concerning Wine Gecko:


To install and run Winetricks (a Wine helper script for downloading runtime libraries):

sudo apt-get install winetricks
winetricks --gui

Winetricks is great, but a bit old-school for me. I’d rather use something called PlayOnLinux, which makes running applications in Wine a tad bit easier. To install and launch PlayOnLinux:

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

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