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Common Wine Myths

Feb 01, 2009, 07:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Austin English)

"Myth: Wine doesn't run any program well: There are currently 1863 applications with a Platinum rating (applications which install and run flawlessly on an out-of-the-box Wine installation) in Wine's Application Database (AppDB). Additional applications are receiving a Platinum rating at a rapid rate. Popular Windows applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS3, World of Warcraft and Microsoft Office 2007 all run under Wine.

"Myth: Wine requires native Direct3D support: Wine implements the Direct3D libraries already. Direct3D 9 and earlier has been implemented for the most part. There are of course implementation bugs, but those are being worked on. The Direct3D runtime is a slow work in progress, and so may be missing some features. Direct3D 10 is unimplemented, but the core infrastructure is in place and future implementation is in the planning stages. Native Direct3D should not be used in Wine, except for the DirectX runtime library (d3dx9_*.dll), to work around missing features in Wine.

"Myth: Wine requires native Internet Explorer 6: Wine comes with its own version of Internet Explorer based on Mozilla's Gecko layout engine for applications that use IE for rendering. See the Wine Gecko project for details. There is a ton of work being put into this area of Wine since it covers such a large area of code. As a result, many applications depending on Internet Explorer rendering may not run well. For those applications, using native Internet Explorer serves as a workaround. This is neither required nor recommended because Internet Explorer's license does not allow people without a Windows license to use it."

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