As you know, there is the WINE compatibility layer to be able to run native Windows software on Unix-like operating systems, such as Linux. Others like Play on Linux, or derivatives like Proton, were also created around this project. However, it still has many problems with some specific applications or with some video games. And that’s where it comes in bottlesa project that will help improve the experience and satisfy some dependencies that WINE could not.
For gamers, it must be said that Bottles also offers great advantages for the play on linux, as it includes support for some of the biggest video game libraries like Steam. Also, it is available in Flatpak packaging.
Bottles is a combination of out-of-the-box mods, libraries, and dependencies that much easier to use native windows software in your distro Favorite GNU/Linux, even using WINE, Proton, DXVK, etc. Some of the most notable features are:
- Simple graphical interface to make it very intuitive and easy to use.
- Default settings.
- Automatic detection of installed software.
- Quickly add environment variables.
- DLL management.
- Changes in the air while running.
- Performance optimizations for video games (esync, fsync, DXVK, cache, shader, offload,…).
- Installation and automatic management of WINE and Proton.
- Automatic repair in case of problem.
- Built-in dependency installer based on a community-created repository.
- Integration of a task manager for WINE processes.
- Access to ProtonDB and WINEHQ for support.
- Import WINE prefixes from other managers.
- And much more.
Each software can be in what is called bottle or bottle in this project, with the appropriate runtime environment to circumvent some of the usual issues you encounter when using WINE alone.
More information about the bottles – Official website