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wine_logo.PNGWine is a translation layer (a program loader) capable of running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems. Windows programs running in Wine act as native programs would, running without the performance or memory usage penalties of an emulator, with a similar look and feel to other applications on your desktop. Here are a few of the many features of Wine:

Binary Compatibility
  • Loads Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP, Windows 3.x and DOS programs and libraries
  • X11-based graphics allows remote display to any X terminal
  • X11, TrueType (.ttf/.ttc) and Windows Bitmap (.fon) Fonts
  • DirectX support for games (limited Direct3D support)
Allows Windows program to interface with:
  • Sound devices via ALSA, OSS, ARTS, JACK, and libaudio etc
  • Multi-lingual keyboards and CJK input method support via XIM
  • Modems, serial devices
Wine API
  • Designed for source and binary compatibility with Win32 code
  • Win32 API test suite to ensure compatibility
  • Compilable on a wide range of C compilers
  • Permits mixing of Win32 and POSIX code

See the full list of features here. Before using Wine I suggest reading the user guide, which can be found here. The program can be downloaded here.

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  1. 1 On July 4th, 2007, Notepad++ - Computer Hovel said:

    […] *Note* Notepad++ can also run under Wine. […]

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