About Wine

Wine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.

Wine is still under active development. Not every program works yet, however there are already several million people using Wine to run their software.

Open Source and User Driven

Wine will always be free software. Approximately half of Wine’s source code is written by volunteers. The rest is sponsored by commercial interests, especiallyCodeweavers who sell a supported version of Wine.

Wine is heavily reliant on its user community. User tests fill our Application Database to track how well programs work, and all the answers in the forums come from volunteers.

Wine benefits

Last but not least, Wine can provide benefits over Windows right now:

  • Wine makes it possible to take advantage of all the Unix strong points (stability, flexibility, remote administration) while still using the Windows applications you depend on.
  • Unix has always made it possible to write powerful scripts. Wine makes it possible to call Windows applications from scripts that can also leverage the Unix environment to its full extent.
  • Wine makes it possible to access Windows applications remotely, even if they are a few thousand miles away.
  • Wine makes it economical to use thin clients: simply install Wine on a Linux server, and voila, you can access these Windows applications from any X terminal.
  • Wine can also be used to make existing Windows applications available on the Web by using VNC and its Java client.
  • Wine is Open Source Software, so you can extend it to suit your needs or have one of many companies do it for you.

About Wine Wiki

Wine is a translation layer (a program loader) capable of running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems. Windows programs running in Wine act as native programs would, running without the performance or memory usage penalties of an emulator, with a similar look and feel to other applications on your desktop.

The Wine project started in 1993 as a way to support running Windows 3.1 programs on Linux. Bob Amstadt was the original coordinator, but turned it over fairly early on to Alexandre Julliard, who has run it ever since. Over the years, ports for other Unixes have been added, along with support for Win32 as Win32 applications became popular.

Wine 1.2.1 was released recently, and our developers are currently working towards a Wine 1.4 release. There are bugs and missing features, but many people find Wine useful in running a growing number of Windows programs. Please see the Application Database for success and failure reports for hundreds of Windows programs, as well as the Bug Tracking Database for a list of known issues.

A broad spectrum of Wine developers can be reached in the Wine forums and mailing lists. Comments about the winehq.org website can be emailed to <web-admin AT winehq DOT org>. Alexandre Julliard leads the Wine project, and may be reached by email at <julliard AT winehq DOT org>.

We’ve also assembled a short list of resources to help you understand the project:

Latest Releases

Stable: Wine 1.2.2 (shortlog)
Development: Wine 1.3.11 (shortlog)


Wine 1.3.11 Released

January 7, 2011

The Wine development release 1.3.11 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • PO files now used for translations.
  • Various JavaScript improvements.
  • Some fixes to the Wine debugger.
  • Translation updates.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respectivedownload locations.

The wine meta package is available via yum through the EPEL / Fedora Extras / Fedora repository by running $ yum install wine

Official Site: http://www.winehq.org/