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.
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 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.
It’s quite cool. Even cooler, Vineyard comes with 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 http://ppa.launchpad.net/cybolic/vineyard-testing/ubuntu maverick main
The ppa has versions for karmic, lucid and maverick so modify the line above to reflect your ubuntu version.