||Jun 13, 2011
||Mac OS, Linux
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Publisher's Description of Wine
" Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X. "
- From Wine Project
Open Source Software for running Windows applications on other operating systems.
Wine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.
Wine is still under active development. Not every program works yet, however there are already several million people using Wine to run their software.
Last but not least, Wine can provide benefits over Windows right now:
* Wine makes it possible to take advantage of all the Unix strong points (stability, flexibility, remote administration) while still using the Windows applications you depend on.
* Unix has always made it possible to write powerful scripts. Wine makes it possible to call Windows applications from scripts that can also leverage the Unix environment to its full extent.
* Wine makes it possible to access Windows applications remotely, even if they are a few thousand miles away.
* Wine makes it economical to use thin clients: simply install Wine on a Linux server, and voila, you can access these Windows applications from any X terminal.
* Wine can also be used to make existing Windows applications available on the Web by using VNC and its Java client.
* Wine is Open Source Software, so you can extend it to suit your needs or have one of many companies do it for you.
How do I run Wine?
Wine is not an application you run. Wine enables your computer to run Windows applications. Simply install and run your applications as you would in Windows.
Does Wine run on 64-bit?
Yes. Normally, installation should be the same as with 32-bit: simply install the Wine package for your distribution.
* Wine is currently offered in 32-bit. 16-bit and 32-bit Windows applications work with it. It runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux/Unix installations.
* Wine is also experimentally offered in 64-bit. 32-bit and 64-bit Windows applications (should) work with it. It runs only on 64-bit Linux installations.
Wine is malware-compatible. Just because Wine runs on a non-Windows OS doesn't mean you're protected from viruses, trojans, and other forms of malware.
There are several things you can do to protect yourself:
* Never run executables from sites you don't trust.
* Never run any GUI application (including Wine applications) as root.
* Use a virus scanner, e.g. ClamAV is a free virus scanner
Wine Applications Database
Below are some of the most popular applications that run on Wine installation:
- Windows Media Player
- Macromedia Dreamweaver
- Google Picasa
- Microsoft Visio 2000
- Microsoft Excel
- Final Fantasy XI
- World of Warcraft
- Guild Wars
- Adobe Flash
- Adobe Photoshop
- Left 4 Dead
- Warcraft III
- Day of Defeat
- Unreal Tournament
- Half-Life Counter-Strike
- EVE Online
- The Sims
- Supreme Commander
- Team Fortress
- Command & Conquer
- System Shock
- Grand Theft Auto
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