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Wine 4.0.1

Wine lets you run Windows applications directly on your Linux desktop without needing an emulator.

by Neil Bothwick

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X
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 x86-based PC with 512MB of RAM, more is better.

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 May 2019
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Developer: Wine Project
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Call of Duty 2 running on Linux, thanks to Wine.

WINE is one of those recursive acronyms so loved by geeks, it stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator. So if that's what it is not, what is it? The short answer to that is that it is really an emulator, but not of a complete computer like VirtualBox or VMware. WINE 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.

Because the applications are simply using the Wine libraries instead of the standard Windows ones, there is no significant performance hit. In fact, the better efficiency of the underlying operating system, especially as it is not burdened with virus and malware scanners running in the background, means that applications can actually run faster on Wine and Linux than they do natively on Windows.

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.

Version 4 is a major release (see the announcement for more info) with these improvements:

- Vulkan support
- Direct3D 12 support
- Game controllers support
- High-DPI support on Android

Verdict:

It may not run every windows program, but Wine is still incredibly useful for switching to Linux completely.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

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