Originally posted by masonm
What distro are you using? There may be a wine package already made for your distro. If not, you have to untar the downloaded file "tar -xvf tarballname" then cd into the newly created directory and compile it using "./configure" "make" "make install".
Use google and find the wine website which has some very good documentation on installing and using wine.
I think the line "I have Xandros 3" answers that question.
A binary package is one such as a deb or rpm that doesn't need compiling. Source packages (usually ending in tar.gz or tar.bz2) need to be unpacked and compiled before you can use them. This is a trivial process using comprising unpacking the tarball (the .tar.gz file) and running make. A package is just the file you download - if it's a binary package then you should get the one that matches the system you have. If that doesn't exist you can either try one of the others (such as one designed for red hat or fedora) or compile wine yourself from the source package.