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Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API and will always be free software. Approximately half of source code is written by its volunteers, and remaining effort sponsored by commercial interests, especially CodeWeavers.


The Wine team has announced the newer Version 1.7.15 Development has been released on March 21, 2014. The main highlights of this release are full support for window transparency, and the new Mono package for .NET applications support.

This article will help you to install Wine 1.7.15 Development Edition on RHEL based systems.

What’s new in this release:

    • New Task Scheduler service..
    • Many regression test fixes.
    • Support for exception unwinding in VBScript.
    • And arious bug fixes.
    • Read more…

Step 1: Install Required Packages

Wine required many development pacakges, So we need to install required packages for Wine using yum package manager using following commands.

# yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
# yum install libX11-devel freetype-devel zlib-devel libxcb-devel

Step 2: Download and Extract Wine Package

RPM packages for wine are not available for latest versions, So we need to download wine source code. Use below commands to download it.

# cd /usr/src
# wget
# tar xjf wine-1.7.15.tar.bz2

Step 3: Install Wine

To compile wine using source packages, first login to root account and execute following commands in wine source code. Installation may take approx 30 minutes.

# cd wine-1.7.15/
# ./configure
# make
# make install

Step 4: Check Version

Use following command to check version of wine installed on your system

# wine --version 


Step 5: How to Use Wine

To use wine we need to login on GUI desktop. After that Download an windows exe file like PuTTY on your system and open it with Wine as below screenshot or use follwoing command.

# wine putty.exe