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Running windows programs on Linux

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Obviously, one of the biggest disadvantages to using Linux as opposed to Windows is the fact that Windows programs won't run. Thankfully, a diligent group of developers have developed WINE, a program that makes Linux compatible with some windows programs. (It doesn't work that well, but some programs will run great. )

WINE is free, but if you are willing to pay, there is also a product by codeweavers called crossover linux. I have never tried it myself, but from what I hear, it works significantly better than WINE.
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I like Wine, but I don't know if its just my distribution, DE, or what, but a lot of programs are really buggy under Wine. Maybe a later version/upgrade may fix such problems.

As for crossover linux, I'm not gonna pay for it. Especially if there's a working (albeit a bit buggy) alternative for free.
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I actually find that the later versions of WINE seem to have more bugs. It's a pretty old project, but hopefully they can work on it and make it more stable over the next few years. I think it still has huge potential, for sure.
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Though this is kind of necro'ing, I heard this nasty rumor that WINE doesn't support Pixel Shader 2.0 and above. And that I should use this for gaming. Thoughts?
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@ Acko: as of 2018 wine works great, just install the latest direct X in it first lol.

edit: 10/23/19

going to say this now, Proton which is wine based runs windows games excellently with insanely high compatibility rates, I'd say it's super successful
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