Common Wine Myths
Feb 01, 2009, 07:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"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."