Wine is a tool that allows users to run Windows applications from Linux. It simulates the Windows environment, so Windows apps “feel at home”.
Every time the Windows app requests a service from the operating system, Wine translates the Windows-centric request into something that Linux can understand.
But Windows is a complex environment with many intricate libraries and interfaces. So although Wine supports a great many Windows programs, some apps aren’t supported at all, and then there are some that run but don’t work exactly as they should.
That’s why Wine is constantly under development—to implement more of the features of the Windows environment, so it can run more Windows applications.
In the latest release, a lot of work has been done to improve the support for D3D features, which are important in games and graphical apps. In fact, the release notes list more than a hundred improvements in this area alone.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht
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