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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. Doesn’t need a copy of Windows.

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


  • 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.
  • TkWineSetup, a Tcl script intended to ease the process of installing or compiling WINE. It includes help on all the compile/install options, GUI for downloading, inline help when errors occur, and assistance for producing bug reports.
  • 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.
  • WGM, WineX Game Manager. A graphical frontend to WineX 3.x.
  • BeWine, WINE for BeOS.

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