Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Wine 0.9 BETA Released

Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix, after 12 years of development has finally gone into beta. Here's to bridging the gap between windows programs in Linux!
Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X 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, and Solaris.

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