[xubuntu-users] Experience with PlayOnLinux

ZP zukeprime at gmail.com
Mon Dec 29 16:50:58 UTC 2014

On Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:24:43 -0600
"Ince, Wilbur" <wilbur at wilbur.us> wrote:
>I'm wondering if anyone has experience running applications in PlayOnLinux
>instead of using a virtual machine.


I use PoL for MS Office and SketchUp and it works great.  It's just a front-end for WINE implementation with custom scripts to pull down the recommended WINE version with settings specific to the application.  Some of the scripts are a little dated, but I've found the devs to be very responsive to bug reports.

It's helpful for people like me who don't want to fiddle around with WINE versions and bottles, etc.

The other neat feature of WINE bottles and Play on Linux implementation is that you can copy over the hidden .PlayOnLinux folder in your HOME directory to another computer and it should work just fine. I do that all the time when I upgrade with a fresh install.

I reserve VM's or dual-boot for programs that just won't work with WINE, or functionality is severely impaired, ala iTunes, etc.

Another option is Crossover Linux, which is a paid application from the folks who dev WINE itself. A lot of folks pay for Crossover to help support WINE. As far as I know, it's the same (or similar) as PoL but supposedly with better support. I've been tempted to try it for a while now.

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