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Linux.com: Wine gives you the power of choice

Nov 28, 1999, 17:18 (12 Talkback[s])

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"Currently, Linux is enjoying a huge groundswell of interest from Microsoft users interested in alternatives to Windows. One of many challenges for these users is to learn the difference between the productivity applications they know (Excel, Word, etc) and the productivity applications on their Linux desktop of choice. However, since Redmond already has your money for your license to use their applications, why not continue to use them if you can?"

"That's where Wine comes in."

"Wine, as stated on the WineHQ website "is an implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs on top of X and Unix. Think of Wine as a Windows compatibility layer. Wine provides both a development toolkit (Winelib) for porting Windows sources to Unix and a program loader, allowing unmodified Windows 3.1/95/NT binaries to run under Intel Unixes. Wine works on most popular Intel Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris."

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