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Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API for Systems with INTEL



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Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix.

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.

Wine is free software. The licensing terms are the GNU Lesser General Public License.

Wine Features
Binary Compatibility

    * Loads Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP, Windows 3.x and DOS programs and libraries
    * Win32 compatible memory layout, exception handling, threads and processes
    * Designed for POSIX compatible operatings systems (eg. Linux and FreeBSD)
    * "bug-for-bug" compatibility with Windows

Graphics

    * 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)
    * Support for OpenGL based games and applications
    * Printing via PostScript driver or legacy native Win16 printer drivers
    * Enhanced Metafile (EMF) and Windows Metafile (WMF) driver
    * Desktop-in-a-box or mixable windows
    * Windows MultiMedia (WinMM) layer support with builtin codecs

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
    * Networks (TCP/IP and IPX)
    * ASPI Scanners
    * Windows Tablets via XInput (eg. Wacom)

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
    * Permits mixing of ELF (.so) and PE (.dll/.exe) binaries in one address space
    * Win32 compatible header files
    * Automatically generated API documentation
    * Resource compiler
    * Message compiler
    * IDL compiler
    * Extensive Unicode support
    * Internationalization -- Wine supports 16 languages
    * Built-in debugger and configurable trace messages
    * External memory checker support using Valgrind
    * Sample programs

  http://www.winehq.org/ 

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