Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx comes with the Rhythmbox music player, which is perfectly adequate for most people, many users prefer the venerable Winamp media player. However, Winamp is Windows-only, which would seem to present a barrier to using it on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. However, the Wine compatibility layer lets you run Windows programs on Ubuntu, and using Wine, it’s possible to install Winamp on a Ubuntu system. Granted, on a Ubuntu system you’re probably better off using Rhythmbox or Songbird, but if you insist upon Winamp, Wine will let you install it. Here’s how to do it.
First, you’ll need to lay some groundwork. You’ll need to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package, so that Winamp will be able to play MP3 and AAC files. You can do so with this Terminal command:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Enter your password to authenticate, and apt-get will download and install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package for you.
Next, you’ll need to install Wine itself to your Ubuntu system. Read this post for directions and a quick introduction to Wine.
Once you have Wine installed, download the Winamp installer file from here. After the files are finished copying, you’ll need to mark the installer file as executable for Wine to run it. Do so with this Terminal command:
sudo chmod 755 ~/Downloads/NAMEOFWINAMPINSTALLER.exe
(Note that the name of the file changes frequently, so replace NAMEOFWINAMPINSTALLER.exe with the actual name of the file.)
Once the command has completed, go to your Downloads folder, right-click on the installer file and select “Open With Wine Windows Program Loader”. The Setup program for Winamp will then run. Follow the default prompts, and Winamp should install in short order. After the installation is complete, you can launch Winamp by going to Applications, to Wine, to Programs, to Winamp, and clicking on the Winamp icon.