I have heard that you can't run exe/dll files on linux, only wine or cygwin will help to run it, I installed Pinta on my Ubuntu 14.04lts, when I went to its folder to create a launcher, I found .dll files and the main program was in .exe, I've never installed wine or anything related to it, how it is possible ? It's running perfect !

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I have installed Pinta and its running fine , perfect, I never event touched wine or any other application like it, im just asking how its possible, and I know how to install wine, please read my question.


If you look on the pinta github it says it requires mono and that it's built with Gtk# which uses the C# language. C# requires a runtime to run (a bit like java) and on Ubuntu it is achieved by using mono which is an open-source implemntation of .NET. So it's perfectly normal that it's the '.exe' that's being called.

You can find more information about mono here, I'm afraid I've told you everything I can about it!


finally i got it, 2 days ago i installed mono complete , runtime environment + IDE for c# work, after reading about mono i got it, its helping ubuntu to run Pinta.exe


The Pinta package for Ubuntu includes pinta.exe and *.dll files. It is open-source software that runs on Linux, Mac, Windows, and BSD.


Pinta Image Editor (pinta) from the default Ubuntu repositories can be installed using the following command:

sudo apt install pinta
  • did u read my question? – ramb0 Mar 17 '15 at 10:46
  • I don't have any idea how Pinta could be running fine unless it was already installed somehow or other. – karel Mar 17 '15 at 10:56

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