Since we don't want to duplicate a lot of information here, we recommend to take a look at the official Wine FAQ for general information about how to use Wine. The following part will mainly concentrate on the differences between Wine and Wine Staging.
Multiple Wine versions
It is absolutely no problem to have multiple versions of Wine installed at the
same time, for example regular system Wine located in
Wine Staging in
/opt/wine-staging/bin/wine. Nevertheless it can be confusing
for beginners, so when you plan to use Wine Staging as a replacement for
system-Wine it might be useful to install the
symlinks package, which allows to omit the
/opt/wine-staging/bin/ part in all
following commandlines. Please refer to the installation instructions for more details.
If you prefer to continue with multiple Wine versions, make sure to type always the full path in order to select the right one. You can switch between versions as often as you like - just make sure that all Windows programs have terminated before starting them with a different version.
Running Wine Staging
To run Wine Staging without compatibility symlinks always type
/opt/wine-staging/bin/wine, for example:
bash cd ~/.wine/drive_c/<your path>/ /opt/wine-staging/bin/wine game.exe
You also have to add
/opt/wine-staging/bin/ when running other wine
related programs, here are some additional examples:
bash # Initialize the wine prefix /opt/wine-staging/bin/wineboot # Open the wine configuration /opt/wine-staging/bin/winecfg # Run winepath to convert paths /opt/wine-staging/bin/winepath --unix 'c:\Windows' # Kill the running wineserver instance /opt/wine-staging/bin/wineserver -k
Unless you specify a special
WINEPREFIX environment variable, Wine Staging
will use the same wineprefix
~/.wine (in your home directory) like regular
Wine. This allows you to use your already installed programs directly, without
much effort or re-installing them.