May 13th, 2006 by Keith
Wine 0.9.13, a free implementation of Windows on UNIX systems, has been released. The change log over the previous version is as follow:
- New GPhoto backend for TWAIN.
- Dynamic drive configuration using HAL.
- A gazillion Direct3D fixes.
- New TCP transport for RPC.
- Lots of bug fixes.
Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and UNIX.
Simply, it means if you are running UNIX or Linux, you won’t be able to run any Windows program. Wine provides a compatibilty layer for UNIX and Linux users to run Windows programs, without requiring Microsoft Windows operating systems to be present. As such, Wine is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if only they are available.
Wine has provided both a development toolkit and program loader. Some of the unmodified Windows programs can thus run on x-86 Unixes, such as FreeBSD, Solaris, as well as Linux operating systems.