Wine is a free application that allows Unix based operating systems to run programs written for Microsoft windows. It is not an Emulator. It is predominantly written by means of enhanced clean room techniques(it is the method of copying a design by reverse engineering and then recreating it without conflicting any of the copyrights and trade secrets associated with the original design). Wine implements the Windows API entirely in user-space, rather than as a kernel module at the time of writing. Services normally provided by the kernel in Windows are provided by a daemon known as wineserver. Wineserver implements basic Windows functionality, as well as providing extra functions such as X Window integration and translation of signals into native Windows exceptions. Although Wine implements some aspects of the Windows kernel, it is not possible to use native Windows drivers with it. This prevents certain applications from working, such as some copy-protected titles.
So if have a desire to run your Windows applications on Linux ,this is where you get the platform.
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