Linux Users Ready to Toast Wine
Users wishing to run Word, Internet Explorer, or other Windows
Wine 1.0, in development by a group of voluntary programmers since 1993, is an implementation of Windows 3.x and Win32 that operates on top of Linux, Unix, or X Windows workstations. Other features include:
Companies have tested prerelease versions of Wine, with some using Linux and Wine on their desktops to concurrently run Linux-based management tools and Windows-based desktop applications.
"Once [Wine] is stable enough, I could roll it out to users that already have Linux desktops," says Jacob Kennedy, a systems analyst for a company in the U.K. that he asked not be identified. This would let him deliver Word, Outlook, and other Windows applications to end users with Linux on their desktops, he says.
Several companies, such as CodeWeavers and TransGaming, will offer distributions of Wine, packaged with installation scripts and documentation.
Wine runs on any version of Linux and can be downloaded from