How to launch Windows binaries on Linux directly

August 3, 2006 at 9:34 am (GNU/Linux)

Although I rarely run Windows these days, it seems I can’t break the habit of using one or two Windows applications instead of their open source equivalents. However, instead of having a full-blown Windows desktop, I prefer to run these programs on my GNU/Linux system with Wine. The problem is that I’m tired of having to enter cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\My\ Windows\ App; wine My\ Windows\ App.exe every time I want to launch one of these programs. Having shell scripts for each program is not a great solution either. Wouldn’t it be better to simply run My\ Windows\ App.exe directly on an XTerm? Fortunately the Linux kernel already lets you do that with a feature called binfmt_misc.”

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