Sunday, August 21, 2011

PlayOnLinux 4.0 Released, Now Supports 64-Bit Wine Versions

PlayOnLinux is a front-end to Wine, the popular software used for running Windows games in Linux, Mac OS-X, BSD and Solaris. What PlayOnLinux does different than Wine is it actually improves your control over those program and also simplifies the process of installation and execution. Pre-sets for many popular games are available, actual working ones.


Version 4.0 of PlayOnLinux was recently released. The improvements include:
  • The programs configuring tool is much more efficient, and with more settings
  • The installation manual has been very simplified
  • The IRC chat is back, less troublesome for those who don't want to use it
  • Performance of debugging tools have been ameliored
  • PlayOnLinux can open directly Executables
  • 64-bit versions of wine are actually supported
  • The code is much cleaner
With PlayOnLinux, you can have multiple versions of Wine and set each program to run in a specific version of Wine. Some program seem to work better with older versions.

Ubuntu Installation

Get to a Terminal and run these commands for your respective Ubuntu release:

Lucid

wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_lucid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Maverick

wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_maverick.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Natty

wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_natty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

After installation, you can find PlayOnLinux under the Applications > Games sub-menu in classic Gnome or by searching the Dash in Unity.

You can install games by clicking the 'Install' button and then choosing the available preset. You can also install the games for which presets aren't yet available and if you manage to run a new one, you can submit your preset to the database.

If you've got setup files for a specific game on your computer rather than a CD / DVD disc, you can choose 'Other' and then paste the location of the setup files in installation wizard.

If you are running some other Linux, installation instructions are here:

http://www.playonlinux.com/en/download.html

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