Posted by: Odzangba | November 3, 2010

Configure Wine The Easy Way… With Vineyard.

There’s a relatively large Ubuntu install base where I work – something like 80 computers – and Wine is reponsible for about 90% of the Ubuntu support requests I get. Usually, I have to modify a couple of libraries to get Microsoft Office Access or some other program to run properly. The default Wine configuration tool, while capable, is clunky and not native.

Default Wine Configuration Tool

Default Wine Configuration Tool

Vineyard, is a native replacement for the default Wine configuration tool that makes it easier to tweak wine. The feature list is impressive: close/kill programs, simulate reboot, shutdown, use ISO images as drives and flat style menus.

Vineyard Tools

Vineyard Tools

Vineyard also comes with a right-click menu launcher for windows applications that allows you to tweak the OS environment (Windows version, screen resoultion, what applications and fonts are installed, etc) on a per-application basis.

Vineyard Right-click Launcher

Vineyard Right-click Launcher


It’s quite cool. Even cooler, Vineyard comes with appindicator support.

Vineyard's Right-click Menu

AppIndicator Support

Install Vineyard from its ppa like so:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cybolic/vineyard-testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-wine vineyard

If you like to keep your sources in /etc/apt/sources.list, add the following line:

deb maverick main

The ppa has versions for karmic, lucid and maverick so modify the line above to reflect your ubuntu version.


  1. So, I use Pinguy OS with Vineyard installed. wine wasn’t saving my configuration so I typed sudo chmod -R u+rw $HOME/.wine
    in the terminal. I did the same for vineyard seeing I couldn’t install the ogg codecs nor anything for that matter. It simply freezes. Still having the same problem. I’m running wine 1.2 because I need to run dssi-vst for vst plug-ins. Is there a separate installer in vineyard that needs permission changes?

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