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(Other stories by Graham Morrison)

"In true GNU/Linux fashion, this is an indecipherable acronym that references itself. You see, 'WINE Is Not an Emulator'. It's developers prefer to think of it as a compatibility layer more akin to a wrapper around Windows technology that's a bit-for-byte translation of what various DirectX and Windows libraries do.

"WINE is a masterpiece of programming, and a major project in the world of open source software development. It enables Linux users, and other Unix-like users, to run Windows binaries from their desktop without having Windows installed or any other Microsoft files knocking around.

"It accomplishes this by recreating the various Windows system calls, functions and procedures without any idea of what the original Windows code looks like, and it wraps itself so tightly around its own implementations of these components that native Windows applications never have an idea they're running on WINE."

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