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Good Solitaire for ubuntu 18.04?

Hi all, wondering if GoodSol will be available for Linux Ubuntu 18.04.? I have played it for years, but when I got this box of tricks, I couldn't remember how to install it under WINE. Half the fun of being an oldie....😉 Thanks to anyone who can give me a step by step installation, or to the boss if he makes it Ubuntu ready.


  • There will never be a Linux version but the Windows version works under WINE.

    I've not used the Linux version of WINE, but I've used a Mac version and all you need to do is run the install file under WINE.

  • Thank you for the reply, as you say there is a way to use it with wine. I have done this in the past but it escapes me now how I did it.

    Maybe I will have to lower my standards and go back to Windoze. Or perhaps make a double boot with the old Windoze I purchased years ago.



  • Rod,

    I have no answer for you, but I do have an opinion :O ....

    I'm so happy to hear that you using Ubuntu 18.04 (although 20.04 has passed) ... it's freakin' awesome. Creating a double-boot for playing solitaire however sounds clumsy: if you will want to play a quick game you will have to abort all your other work, reboot, play the game, and then reboot back to ubuntu ...

    Personally I try to stay away from WINE and either 1) look for native alternatives, 2) don't use the software application at all, 3) create something myself (if it is not too complicated). However, wine has been around for years and with any search engine (I am not using any names here ;)) you could find tons of descriptions and how-tos. BTW, if you were able to install it once, you should be able to achieve that again a second time, right? Here is my first hit with the 10^100 search engine:

    According to this PGS is supported:

    I cannot judge about the legality of the content, though. I hope the how-to in the first link helps. However, I would advice not to give up too soon with trying to install it under Linux. Going for a dual boot option could potentially lead to a whole new realm of headache, certainly if your computer has UEFI boot loader with secure boot enabled ... it has already cost me days of my life ...

    One other tip: whatever you do under Linux, whether installing or configuring software... TAKE NOTES ... write down everything that you are doing, copy every link of source code or how-to page. YOU WILL NEED IT LATER! Believe me, I had to learn this the hard way. Or write a bash script that does all the difficult work for you ... Getting the initial setup under Linux can be a lot of work, but it is totally worth the effort. The eventual pay-off is very sweet.

    Good luck!

    Your linux-brother

  • G'day cosmicdebris,

    Thank you for your words of encouragement and your ideas. I have played Goodsol on ubuntu 16.04 up 18.04. I did make rough notes of how to do it but, the brain is 77+ now and the notes were changed too many times until I got it right. Going over them now, I guess I should have rewritten the notes at the end of a successful install but... I love Ubuntu and I also love goodsol. It is a pain trying to go through trials and (mainly) errors trying to get it going again.

    The first link you gave me, I think this was the one I followed before and if memory serves (which it usually doesn't) then I think that was for installing Notepad++...? Again, I thank you for your input and will try a few more things before I give up.


    Rod....... Ubuntu Brother.

  • Hi Rod,

    Did you succeed?

    Just for the fun of it I tried to install PGS on my copy of ubuntu 18.04 and managed to get it working. I can see how you ran into issues, because it was really not as straightforward as one might hope. Here are the steps that I took:

    I installed WINE following this KT:

    Note that the description in the first link of my previous post is for ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) and differs a bit for ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)

    command 1: sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

    command 2: wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

    command 3: sudo apt-add-repository 'deb bionic main'

    The previous command is the correct one for ubuntu 18.04 (bionic) and where it differs from the previous link. After this the ppa has to be added and wine has to be installed:

    command 4: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cybermax-dexter/sdl2-backport

    command 5: sudo apt update

    command 6: sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

    This will install WINE. The installation took 1.6GB!! of space on my system, which for me personally would be a reason not to install WINE, but for you, since you have made this commitment in the past before ;) ... I checked the version of WINE:

    command 7 (optional): wine --version

    Answer: wine-5.0.1

    Then, go to the directory where you have stored the gdsol.exe file and do the following:

    command 8: wine gdsol.exe

    This will start the Pretty Good Solitaire (windows) installer ... actually three times I got a pop-up from WINE:

    ... as always I just pressed "Install" (without properly reading the text first :S). This installed another couple of hundred MBs of data on my system ... but eventually I got the PGS installer and was able to install pretty good solitaire. I just installed everything in the default location, which should then mean that it ends up in: ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/goodsol/

    where ~ is your $HOME directory. I navigated to this location and try to run PGS as follows:

    command 9: wine goodsol.exe

    This gives me the following error message:

    0009:err:module:import_dll Library MSVBVM60.DLL (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\goodsol\\goodsol.exe") not found

    0009:err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Importing dlls for L"C:\\Program Files\\goodsol\\goodsol.exe" failed, status c0000135

    This error message is because visual basic runtime is still missing. To correct this I followed and

    command 10: wget

    optionally first go to your ~/Downloads or any other directory before downloading winetricks ... really doesn't matter, as long as you have write permissions there ... Then make it executable and install visual basic runtime 6:

    command 11: chmod +x winetricks

    command 12: sh winetricks vb6run

    Now we are there ... pfew ... that was tiring .. I am exhausted. I navigate back to the install location of goodsol as indicated above step 9, run the executable again with command 9 and now it runs!!! I can play solitaire. Hopefully you can too!! I really hope that this will enable you to install and play the games that you love!! Let me know if it works. Hopefully your previous failed attempts will not interfere with the installation process. For me, since I am using a live-version of ubuntu, I will loose everything again when I restart my computer tomorrow morning ... and I will certainly not go through those steps again installing 2GB of data on my system ...

    Good luck my friend. Please prove to the world that ubuntu is suitable for all ages if one just persists ;)


  • oh ... hey Rod ... once that the application runs with visual basic runtime also installed, the game can also be launched through this icon in the applications menu:

    ... but I think that you will probably know this already ...

    Good luck!


  • Thanks for those instructions. I now have a project if I ever find any free time. 🙂

    Gregg 🐵

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