Wine (software)

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Wine
Wine logo
Original author(s) Alexandre Julliard
Developer(s) Wine authors
(1,426 and counting)
Initial release July 4, 1993; 21 years ago (1993-07-04)
Stable release 1.6.2 / January 10, 2014; 8 months ago (2014-01-10)
Preview release 1.7.25 / August 22, 2014; 34 days ago (2014-08-22)
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system Unix-like systems and Microsoft Windows
Platform Cross-platform
Size 20 MB (archived)
Type Compatibility layer
License GNU Lesser General Public License
Website www.winehq.org

Wine is a piece of software which lets Unix-like computer operating systems on the x86 and x86-64 architectures to execute programs written for Microsoft Windows. Wine also provides a software library known as Winelib which developers can compile Windows applications against to help port them to Unix-like systems.[1] Some Wine code is used in ReactOS, a free operating system that is Windows-compatible and is not based on Unix.

The Wine developers released version 1.0 of Wine, after 15 years of development, on June 17 2008. Wine is free software, released under terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). As of 2012, not all Windows programs work in Wine, and some that do work have problems.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Winelib". Wine HQ. http://www.winehq.org/site/winelib. Retrieved 2012-02-17.

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