Winebox promises to run Windows apps on Ubuntu Touch


The development of Ubuntu Touch seems not to be going as fast as some of us would like. At the end of 2022 they gave us the first RC of Ubuntu Touch based on Focal Fossa, a version of Ubuntu that is already three years old. Also, it's not available for all devices, and the PineTab hasn't gotten anything new since November, not even in the developer channel. But little steps are taking, and team developers too, as shown winebox, a new application that has arrived at the OpenStore.

Codemasters Freeders posted a thread on Twitter that explains some things. To begin with, it is a package that unites WINE and Box64, and it does so to improve and increase application support on Ubuntu Touch. It can also be used to trigger some fun cases, the thread says, but the important thing is that Winebox allows some Windows apps to be used on Ubuntu Touch.

Winebox: WINE and Box64 on Ubuntu Touch

The downside is that this will not work by default on any device with the mobile and touch version of Ubuntu. First of all, the maintainer of the operating system you must enable support for binfmt_misc in their respective kernels. You also need to have xwayland(-hybris) installed, which is not included by default yet, but claims that time will come.

I only have a PineTab Early Adopter with an operating system from November 2022 and with many things not working, I have not been able to test this Winebox, but the application is already available in the OpenStore, the official app store for Ubuntu Touch. the link is this, and says that "Enable x86_64 executables and Linux binaries to run on your ARM64-based Ubuntu Touch device«, and which contains WINE (LGPL v2.1+), Box64 (MIT) and GL4ES (MIT).

For more information, which is scarce at the moment, contact the Box64AndWine's GitHub page from Fred.

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