April 20, 2007

What is wine?

Wine is made to run a handful of windows programs on top of Linux operating systems. It is completly an Open Source implementation of the Windows API.

Wine is a compatibility layer for running Windows programs and does not require Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code; however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.

Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.

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