No doubt, Linux Operating system is the best of all when it comes to flexibility and customization. But when it comes to application, Windows application scores over the other. But what if we could use the blend of two? Flexibility and customization of Linux and the well-versed Windows-based applications. Though, you can install and run Windows Applications on Linux using Wine. Wine is a compatibility layer which allows the user to install and run Windows OS based applications. But installing Wine is somewhat a messy part, where a novice won’t be able to install and use Wine. That’s where we feel the need for an alternative.
PlayOnLinux is a free software tool using which users can enjoy wide variety of Windows-based applications on Linux distros. To be more clear, PlayOnLinux is a graphical front end tool for the Wine software which ultimately simplifies the installation of Windows-based applications.
Till now Wine was the only tool which allows users to install and run loads of Windows-based applications on Linux, where PlayOnLinux inherits it’s all it’s features and yet prevents the user from messy installation details one has to face while installing the Windows-based applications.
With PlayOnLinux, users can enjoy wide variety of software including some famous software like Adobe Photoshop, iTunes, Windows Media Player, Spotify, Microsoft Office 2007 and its back compatible versions. It also allows you to install Microsoft fonts on Linux, and a huge lists of modern games and patches are also supported.
It’s available for all the Linux Distros on it’s official website, free to use, intuitive user interface unlike Wine is easier to use and implements the installation/removal of Windows-based applications on Linux distros. Interested Linux Operating System users can download the respective package from it’s download page.
And if you are using Mac Operating System, and are willing to play Windows-based applications on your Mac OS, there’s a software tool PlayOnMac by the same team, which allows you to enjoy Windows-based applications on Mac without having to follow any tantrums.