Wine – Run Windows Programs on Linux
Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and UNIX. It emulates the Windows API, the application programming interface, so that you can run Windows programs on Linux. The programs think they are running on Windows but Wine is providing a translation layer so they actually run on your Linux desktop.
Unlike the virtual machine emulators mentioned previously that emulate a complete computer, this runs a single program, so it is faster and more integrated with the rest of the software you are using. On the other hand, the lack of a complete Windows operating system means that not all programs work with Wine. On the plus side, there’s an awful lot that do, including Internet Explorer, Office and many other applications and games. Each Windows application opens in its own windows, just like it would on a Windows desktop, and each one can be moved around on the Linux desktop as if it were a Linux application.
If one or two specialist applications, or your favourite games, are all that is keeping you from switching to Linux full time, try running them with Wine and you may be able to move away from Windows altogether.
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