Wine: Improving Look And Feel

[ Tuesday, 11 March 2008, Bastion ]

A lot of people complains about Wine looks. But not everyone realizes that one can make it look neat easily. This article preents a few simple tips to convert your default Wine to a special one.

Author: Korneliusz Jarzębski

By running the Wine configuration tool: winecfg and choosing the Desktop Integration tab we can install a native theme (*.msstyles files). Unfortunately, publishing any element of Windows operating system is forbidden, so don’t ask me how to get the Luna theme, etc. But there are good news, too. In the Internet you can find dozens of free (as in beer) themes for Windows which work in Wine. The two that I recommend are:

but obviously I encourage you to do some research and find the one you like most.

After downloading and unpacking the theme archive, the only thing you need is the *.msstyles file. They are installable in Wine! Just press the Install theme button in the mentioned winecfg menu and voila:

winecfg : Desktop integration

Sample looks #1

Sample looks #2

Additionally, if you are using the Desktop emulation, you can set your own wallpaper. To achieve this, place any picture in .bmp format at ~/.wine/drive_c/wallpaper.bmp and then change the ./wine/drive_c/windows/win.ini config file accordingly:



Sample wallpaper

This way you can enjoy a way better integration between your default desktop (GNOME/KDE or some lighter environment, it doens’t matter) and Windows applications run through Wine.

Know any more tips? That’s what comments are for!

This article has been originally published on /dev/jarzebski blog: Wine: Lifting. It has been translated and reprinted with author’s permission.

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fold this thread lukeen  Thursday, 13 March 2008 o godz. 10:23 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

i really recommend Luna Element 5.1 by tornado5

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fold this thread Miłosz Kosobucki  Thursday, 13 March 2008 o godz. 12:30 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  error

For me, after applying wine runs terribly slow. I can see the UI drawn line by line.

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fold this thread isecore  Thursday, 13 March 2008 o godz. 7:30 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Yeah, Wine runs incredibly slow when using Msstyles. It’s a big problem and I find it difficult to recommend anyone to use them.

Hopefully someday we’ll see Wine using the native appearances of Gnome or KDE, but until then you’re essentially stuck with either ugly looks or horrible performance.

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fold this thread ArtInvent  Thursday, 13 March 2008 o godz. 8:48 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Wine apps themselves don’t all run slow with a theme, just windows and dialogs that actually use the theme. I have a pretty new fast computer and thought I would try it out. Still too slow for me. Hopefully they will speed this up since Wine has such a fast development cycle, who knows.

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fold this thread  Monday, 17 March 2008 o godz. 10:48 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  --2

Why anyone bothers with Wine anymore is beyond me. Virtual Machines are the way to go.

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fold this thread TDM  Saturday, 22 March 2008 o godz. 9:10 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Makes it run very slow with me aswell.

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fold this thread rs3york  Monday, 31 March 2008 o godz. 8:20 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

It’s too bad that the themes slow wine down, but to answer the angry keyboarder…Wine is immensely useful for 3 reasons.

1. It’s much lighter than a VM. If you lack the RAM, VM is useless.
2. It doesn’t require the user to accept the license terms of Windows. If you use Linux/BSD in part for the freedoms granted by the licensing terms, then running Windows in a VM doesn’t make much sense.
3. If you use Linux/BSD in part for the free cost, then buying Windows for use in a VM doesn’t make much sense either.

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fold this thread smagroup  Tuesday, 22 April 2008 o godz. 6:09 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

“Why anyone bothers with Wine anymore is beyond me. Virtual Machines are the way to go.”

Are you assuming everyone has a legit win 2000/xp/vista license they can run in that vm??

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Korneliusz Jarzębski

Free software enthusiast, KDE fan. Author of a popular blog: /dev/jarzebski (in Polish). Contributes to since October 2007.

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