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Acronym: Wine Is Not an Emulator


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License: LGPL. Before March 2002 it used to be the MIT license. The relicencing led to the fork of the ReWind project, based on Wine sources from that time plus new contributions still MIT licenced.

Free implementation of the Microsoft Windows API (thus NOT an emulator) for x86, allowing UNIX/x86 users to run some Windows programs in their native environment instead of dual-booting.

Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

From a practical point of view it is similar to DOSEMU which emulates the DOS Operating System in Linux/x86.


  • A user oriented wiki with a focus on documentation.
  • Why Wine is so important
  • Supported applications. A variety of links, databases and reviews of applications supported by WINE.
  • XWine, a GUI for WINE. Handles: WINE's configuration, and configuration and managment of Windows applications.
  • GameCon is a central point of access for GNU/Linux gaming. It presents a master list of Linux and Windows games that can be played. Full configuration of WineX will be built in, and server browsing and buddy tracking will also eventually be added.
  • WineTools, another GUI tool to install/remove new software and to configure WINE.
  • winesetuptk, an easy-to-use WINE setup tool.
  • CrossOver, a Tk frontend for WINE. Non-free.
  • WineX, a DirectX implementation of WINE aimed at games. Non-free.
  • BeWine, WINE for BeOS.