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Old 11-27-2006, 04:59 PM   #1
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What is wine?

I've heard a lot about wine, and I have freespire and ubuntu 07.
What is wine, and is it better or worse than than freespire or ubuntu?
Old 11-27-2006, 05:17 PM   #2
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Wine is an API (basically application layer) that allows some Windows programs to run on linux. You can install Wine on any linux distro. I believe Ubuntu has a package for it already in the repositories.
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Wine is a Windows Emulator ... so you can run Windows applications in Linux.

As oppose to explain it ... you can find out exactly what wine is from their website:
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There was also that really antique beverage....
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from what I understand about Wine, it takes the calls to DLL's and such that a Windows program would normally make, and translates them into appropriate Linux system calls to .so librarys and drivers.

I just have to stipulate (and I'm quoting directly from the website) Wine Is Not an Emulator.
There are also lists on the internet (which can be found through a quick google search) which will tell you if a program has been known to work, or not work, with Wine.



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