WINE the MS-Windows emulator.
What is Wine?
Wine is an implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs on top
of X and Unix.
Think of Wine as a Windows compatibility layer for Linux. Wine provides
both a development toolkit (Winelib) for porting Windows sources to Unix
and a program loader, allowing unmodified Windows 3.1/95/NT binaries to
run under Intel Unixes.
Wine works on most popular Intel Unixes, including Linux,
Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely alternative
implementation consisting of 100% Microsoft Free code, but it can optionally
use native system DLLs if they are available.
Wine comes with complete sources, documentation and examples and is
freely redistributable. (The licensing terms are similar to BSD.)
With Wine Windows applications can be installed and run on a Linux-system
without the need to have a dos file-system installed.
Support for Win16 and Win32 function calls
16 and 32 bit x86 code
Optional use of external vendor DLLs
Reverse-engineering design assures ``bug-for-bug'' compatibility
X11-based graphics display
Remote display to any X terminal
Supports full GDI and many new features of GDI32
Partial DirectX support for games
Good support for sound, alternative input devices
Modems, serial devices are supported
Winsock TCP/IP networking
Designed for source compatibility with Win32 code
Automatically generated API documentation
32-bit resource compiler
Partial Unicode support
Internationalization -- Wine supports 16 languages
Built-in debugger and configurable trace messages
See the ANNOUNCE News about the latest release.
See also the ChangeLog for the complete history, from 1993 to now.
Wine is officially pre-alpha developers-only code, and is not yet suitable
for general use. Nevertheless, many people find it useful in running a
variety of Windows programs. Please see the application support database
for success and failure reports with a variety of programs, as well as
the bug list.
Places to go on the web and documents to read
You will find more info at the following web-sites
At the WineHQ (WineHQ: http://www.winehq.com/).
See also the About Wine
section at the HQ (http://www.winehq.com/about.html).
And also the Wine Documentation
Where do you find the sources and/or binaries?
What is the version number?
v.980927 (October 6th 1998)
Is there an installation guide?
Yes, see the file README in the file Wine-980927.tar.gz .
Is there an FAQ/HOWTO document?
Yes, see the Wine
NOTICE: "The Wine FAQ" is Copyright (C) 1995-1997
by P. David Gardner, c/o Asgard Network Productions, 1107 Fair Oaks Ave.,
#175, South Pasadena CA 91030 USA.
Is there a man page?
Yes, the installation procedure will install one.
Where do I find more in depth information?
A newsgroup would be nice, is there one?
How do I know if a given windows application is already working? Remember
this is development code!
Down-to-earth and Hands-on information:
Who are the authors?
Bob Amstadt, Dag Asheim, Martin Ayotte, Peter Bajusz, Ross Biro, Uwe
Bonnes, Erik Bos, Fons Botman, John Brezak, Andrew Bulhak, John Burton,
Niels de Carpentier, Jimen Ching, Huw D. M. Davies, Roman Dolejsi, Frans
van Dorsselaer, Paul Falstad, David Faure, Claus Fischer, Olaf Flebbe,
Peter Galbavy, Ramon Garcia, Matthew Ghio, Hans de Graaff, Charles M. Hannum,
John Harvey, Cameron Heide, Jochen Hoenicke, Onno Hovers, Jeffrey Hsu,
Miguel de Icaza, Jukka Iivonen, Lee Jaekil, Alexandre Julliard, Bang Jun-Young,
Pavel Kankovsky, Jochen Karrer, Andreas Kirschbaum, Albrecht Kleine, Jon
Konrath, Alex Korobka, Greg Kreider, Anand Kumria, Scott A. Laird, Andrew
Lewycky, Martin von Loewis, Kenneth MacDonald, Peter MacDonald, William
Magro, Juergen Marquardt, Ricardo Massaro, Marcus Meissner, Graham Menhennitt,
David Metcalfe, Bruce Milner, Steffen Moeller, Andreas Mohr, Philippe De
Muyter, Itai Nahshon, Michael Patra, Jim Peterson, Robert Pouliot, Keith
Reynolds, Slaven Rezic, John Richardson, Johannes Ruscheinski, Thomas Sandford,
Constantine Sapuntzakis , Pablo Saratxaga, Daniel Schepler, Ulrich Schmid,
Bernd Schmidt, Yngvi Sigurjons son, Stephen Simmons, Rick Sladkey, William
Smith, Dominik Strasser, Vadim Strizhevs ky, Erik Svendsen, Tristan Tarrant,
Andrew Taylor, Duncan C Thomson, Goran Thyni, Jimmy Tirtawangsa, Jon Tombs,
Linus Torvalds, Gregory Trubetskoy, Petri Tuomola, Michael Veksler, Sven
Verdoolaege, Ronan Waide, Eric Warnke, Manfred Weichel, Morten Welinder,
Jan Willamowius, Carl Williams, Karl Guenter Wuensch, Eric Youngdale, James
Youngman, Mikolaj Zalewski, John Zero and many, many others.