Running Windows Binaries in GNU/Linux using Wine

WINE is a compatibility layer for running Windows binaries on different posix based systems like GNU/Linux, BSD, Mac OS X ..etc. An article written by Jack Wallen, published in describes installing and using WINE in GNU/Linux systems.

Back in the mid 90s and early 00s, Linux, being a fledgling operating system, suffered from a severe lack of useful applications. This issue was especially critical in the world of business ─ where Windows desktop applications could make or break productivity. To overcome this weakness, a compatibility layer called WINE was created. The name originally stood for Wine Is Not an Emulator (because everyone mistook the tool for a Windows emulator). The name is now simply Wine.

Effectively, what Wine did was to allow Windows applications to run on the Linux platform. It wasn’t perfect, and the supported apps were limited. If you wanted Notepad, Calculator, or Solitaire…you were good to go.

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