Wine (software)

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Wine is a free software application that aims to allow computer programs written for Microsoft Windows to run on Unix-like operating systems. Wine also provides a software library, known as Winelib, against which developers can compile Windows applications to help port them to Unix-like systems.[1]

Wine is not an emulator, but is instead a compatibility layer, providing alternative implementations of the DLLs that Windows programs call, and a process to substitute for the Windows NT kernel. Wine is predominantly written using Black-box testing reverse-engineering, to avoid copyright issues.[2]

The name Wine initially was an acronym for WINdows Emulator.[3] Its meaning later shifted to the recursive backronym, Wine Is Not an Emulator.[4] While the name sometimes appears in the forms WINE and wine, the project developers have agreed to standardize on the form Wine.[5]

The project lead is Alexandre Julliard.


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