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ZDNet UK: A Little Wine With Your Linux?

Oct 08, 2003, 11:30 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Lowe)


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"Five words sum it up: 'Wine is not an emulator.' This is also a clever acronym for the program Wine, which can help you run your Windows programs under Linux. Wine is an implementation of the Windows API that allows programs using the API to run on an operating system that doesn't natively support the application. It's important to note that Wine doesn't emulate a full x86 system but rather provides the software APIs that make it possible to run Windows programs. This allows a program to run at full speed, since no emulation is taking place. Emulation generally slows down software.

"Let's install Wine on a Linux system, attempt to install an ordinary Windows application, and take a look at how well it works..."

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