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What's the difference between Lutris and PlayOnLinux?

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RabinGomes Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 19:25

Hello, For all my windows applications I run under Linux, I use either direct wine, or play on linux.

I might live behind the moon, but I heard about Lutris only very recently. From my understanding it does the same thing as PlayOnLinux does... which is combining setup and configuration steps for certain programs and tie those to Wine versions.  

What do I need Lutris for? why does it even exist

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Quentin PÂRIS Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 23:07
Quentin PÂRIS


Lutris exists because it is always a good thing to have several "competitors" that does more or less the same thing in Open Source World:

  1. It emphasizes innovation;
  2. It makes things safer for community when some project experience downturn. (For any reason like personal reason).

I think Lutris is an amazing project ; Mathieu is a passionnate and dedicated guy ; so you should defintely give it a try. Concerning POL, use cases are a little bit different. We have pro and macOS users, and we are more focusing on wine and mabye a little less on gaming than Lutris. So we continue to maintain. That still makes sense and nothing prevent you from using both programs for their advantage smiley

booman Monday 25 November 2019 at 23:07

I have read people raving about Lutris on reddit, but when I've tried installing games its a bit confusing.  Specially if you want to test a game and manually install it.  Lutris handles wineprefixes just like PlayOnLinux and supports many different versions of Wine.  They write a lot of scripts for modern AAA games so you can basically install the game with a click.

Its not much different from PlayOnLinux, just the GUI is different, but functions the same as a frontend for Wine.  Its basicaly meant for gaming... but PlayOnLinux can run productivity applications as well.

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miyabhai101 Friday 6 December 2019 at 22:29

I know it is recommended to just handle a lot of prefix management yourself but I really liked using Playonlinux to do it. I put off using Lutris for awhile but have been using it over the last few months and really like it: It is extremely nice to have a single laucher which houses native linux games, linux steam games, wine games, wine steam games, various emulators, etc all in one spot.

I typically setup my prefixes/installs without following installation scripts and rather just following guides from winehq but from what I've seen I'm led to believe the scripts are more updated/current with Lutris rather than POL. There also seem to be differences with the availability of custom wine builds. Ex: The fallout4 audio patch was on Lutris pretty quickly after it was known the game was very playable.

The only real negative I have for Lutris is there doesn't seem to be a way to create a wine prefix using the UI similar to what you can do with Playonlinux. Once the prefixes are created it is great for managing them

flatiron Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 16:58

How exactly do you install a game with lutris? I want to play the longest journey and also the first dreamfall game. I have no idea how to actually use the Lutris system though.

booman Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 17:14

If there is an installer already on the list, then install it, but if not I'm not sure of the steps to manually install it.

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