winapps VS linux

Compare winapps vs linux and see what are their differences.


Run Windows apps such as Microsoft Office/Adobe in Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora) and GNOME/KDE as if they were a part of the native OS, including Nautilus integration. (by Fmstrat)


Linux kernel source tree (by torvalds)
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winapps linux
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5,534 119,744
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5.0 10.0
23 days ago 3 days ago
Shell C
- GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
The number of mentions indicates the total number of mentions that we've tracked plus the number of user suggested alternatives.
Stars - the number of stars that a project has on GitHub. Growth - month over month growth in stars.
Activity is a relative number indicating how actively a project is being developed. Recent commits have higher weight than older ones.
For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of winapps. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-17.
  • Show HN: Qvm-create-windows-qube: The most secure and private way to run Windows | 2021-10-17
    My pleasure!

    That feature is currently in the works (officially speaking) for Windows 10; for Windows 7 it already exists (although it has of course been EOL for some time now).

    However, I do recall finding a report of someone successfully using WinApps ( as well as RDP running in a Linux (GNU/Linux) qube to effectively have Windows applications displayed on a window level. Security-wise it still holds up because that Linux qube, if compromised via the RDP connection, will lead to the disclosure of no additional sensitive information because it's only being used for that purpose. As long as you have ample RAM to support it, this could work very well.

  • To those that dual boot with Windows. Will you be upgrading to Windows 11?
    You can find it at -
  • We need to get WinApps working again! | 2021-10-14
    It doesn't have a license, so it's all rights reserved.
  • Can you use it for productivity? | 2021-10-13
  • How to install Microsoft office 2019?
    If u really want ms office this might be useful: I usually use Google docs which i think is better than office 365.
  • Are there any VM services which dont use the entire GUI and such?
    The best I know of right now on the open source and/or Linux side of things that works with Windows guest applications is Winapps - There's a bit of setup you'll need to do directly in the Windows VM. After that you should be able to launch the app exclusively into your Linux session.
  • There are 2 things that prevents me from going to Linux exclusively, can i overcome them?
    For both those programs it's no. But if you don't mind some extra setup you can run Winapps to run those programs anyway.
  • Windows11 Anti Spy programs | 2021-10-09
    Two, consider using Linux. Gaming on Linux is possible right now, you can run whatever software in Windows containers like if they were natives apps... Don't dual boot to Linux or you will come back to Windows, you should use Linux as the only one OS on your computer. Make VMs or containers to run Windows softwares (even a specific device that needs a specific driver, passthrough to your VM).
  • What do I need to know when installing Linux on my 2020 Intel MacBook Pro?
    Looks like they are looking for maintainers. Maybe check out some of the recommendations in the comments there? I don't really know anything about Winapps.
  • Performance issues with win10 guest in qemu kvm - how to improve | 2021-10-07
    You can use this configuration from winapps : You can't have 3d acceleration but other than that, it works very well.


Posts with mentions or reviews of linux. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-20.
  • Never felt more powerful! | 2021-10-20
    did some digging, part of it is verbatim copied from the linux kernel's linux/kernel/groups.c
  • Guia e recursos open source para participar do Hacktoberfest 2021 | 2021-10-19
    Sistema Operacional Linux
  • What kernel parameters do you use? | 2021-10-14
    From i915 module source code:
  • What does a 'good' GitHub page like? (Q for the Professionals)
    And as a contrast, the project which lead to Git being created:
  • Searching a working solution for jffs2 binary to extract all files/dir directly
    There is no such method as 8 in jffs2 that I'm aware of -
  • NTFS SD card not being recognized from USB installation media | 2021-10-08
    There does appear to be a driver on Linus Torvalds GitHub if you want to try installing that on an actual system (not the live USB) but honestly just getting a cheap USB SD card reader might be a better option if you decide to switch.
  • Far Cry 6 has native PS5 controller support for triggers and haptics. | 2021-10-07
  • x86 assembly doesn’t have to be scary (2018) | 2021-10-07
    You also need to define the system when talking about assembly, I think this is more relevant than the difference between architecture variants. I would recommend Linux because available documentation. Without doing any system specific syscalls and learning about calling conventions you won't get very far. (subject to change, see your specific kernel source)

    I think more fun is doing assembly on a µC without OS with some interesting peripherals and many MCUs have an instruction set inspired by x86.

  • How do I further my knowledge of C.
  • Tutorial: Writing a “bare metal” operating system for Raspberry Pi 4 | 2021-10-06
    Yeah, the bootloader is responsible for the hardware stuff up to this point. It doesn't take that much more assembly code to bootstrap C in the Linux kernel on x86:

    There are a bunch of other headers in that file, but the "start_of_setup:" label is what's invoked by the bootloader, and "calll main" transitions to C. So 32 lines of code, by my count.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing winapps and linux you can also consider the following projects:

zen-kernel - Zen Patched Kernel Sources

DS4Windows - Like those other ds4tools, but sexier

void-packages - The Void source packages collection

Awesome-Linux-Software - A list of awesome applications, software, tools and other materials for Linux distros.

wslg - Enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux to include support for Wayland and X server related scenarios

barrier - Open-source KVM software

iron-alpine - Hardened alpine linux baseimage for Docker.

PhotoGIMP - A Patch for GIMP 2.10+ for Photoshop Users

photoshopCClinux - Photoshop CC v19 installer for Gnu/Linux

WSL - Issues found on WSL

vgpu_unlock - Unlock vGPU functionality for consumer grade GPUs.

vscode-gitlens - Supercharge the Git capabilities built into Visual Studio Code — Visualize code authorship at a glance via Git blame annotations and code lens, seamlessly navigate and explore Git repositories, gain valuable insights via powerful comparison commands, and so much more