Wine 1.7.29 Development

4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 (1281 votes)

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Unix / Open Source / 28,459 downloads

Wine is a project to allow a PC running a Unix-like operating system and the X Window System to run x86 programs for Microsoft Windows. Alternately, those wishing to port a Windows application to a Unix-like system can compile it against the Wine libraries.

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  • Latest Changes

    - 12202 No pic when installing Indiana Jones demo in fullscreen

    - 18440 Touhou Hisoten ~ Scarlet Weather Rhapsody crashes in menu/game select

    - 19293 Galactic Civilizations 2 v. 1.0D Digital:Bonus Pack. Program crashes after starting a new game

    - 19296 Multiple apps wrapped with Shrinker 3.5 fail with unexpected guard page fault caused by Wine's ATL thunk check (Uru: Ages beyond Myst, Football Manager 2010 Demo)

    - 20444 Doom3 CD version installer fails instead of asking for another CD

    - 20720 winebrowser fails when # is in the file name

Reviews of Wine

  1. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.7.28 Development (Oct 4, 2014)

    Wine development has almost completely stalled recently. Sigh. :(

  2. 4 out of 5 stars
    mikebratley

    Reviewing 1.7.14 Development (Mar 11, 2014)

    excellent

  3. 5 out of 5 stars
    egg83

    Reviewing 1.6-rc2 (Jun 17, 2013)

    Am using a slightly older version in my Ubuntu distro, and it works great! Runs many of my Windows programs, including M$ Office 2010! Nice...

  4. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aegis69

    Reviewing 1.5.1 Development (Apr 2, 2012)

    I love Wine 1.5.1! Its a lot better than beer 2.37.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.4 (Mar 7, 2012)

    Full changelog is here: http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.4

    A fabulous release! Excellent work! Keep on!

  6. 4 out of 5 stars
    Hugh G. Rection

    Reviewing 1.4 RC3 (Feb 14, 2012)

    Does not work in Windows 7 or 8.
    Total disappointment.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.3.33 Development (Nov 20, 2011)

    I'm running mint with wine 1.3.15 and typing in palemoon portable. Complaining about wine makes for a good laugh.

  8. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.3.30 Development (Oct 11, 2011)

    "Slipped it in - ...Even the various paid versions of Wine that some companies sell doesn't fix this."

    Ummm, you do realize WINE is open source? If you're paying for a version of "WINE" than you got yourself ripped off!

  9. 2 out of 5 stars
    smarterthanyou

    Reviewing 1.3.25 Development (Jul 25, 2011)

    This program finally works. Kind of. Low end games that use yesteryear's DirectX version now work. Except for the issue where going from full screen at 800x600 resolution back to windowed mode doesn't work. In my computer's case, going from this mode to windowed mode should change my resolution back to 1920x1080 and show my game in a window. Instead, my resolution stays at 800x600 and I'm unable to access any of the menus in Gnome 3 under Fedora 15. This program is still total crap.

  10. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.3.23 Development (Jun 29, 2011)

    I still wonder why obsessed Windows fanboys opine here even though they don't use Linux or/and Wine. Besides their "opinions" are usually factually incorrect: 1 out of 5 means the product is absolutely unusable/unstable/pricey/crashes your system/doesn't do anything it supposed to do.

    Wine is nothing of that. It's free and it's constantly improving even though it tries to mimic an absolutely closed system which is Windows OS.

    Indigenous accusers probably haven't written a single line of code and still dare to criticize Wine. Pity you.

  11. 1 out of 5 stars
    Hilbert

    Reviewing 1.3.23 Development (Jun 27, 2011)

    I agree with 'Slipped it in' and 'Mr Swifter', unfortunately (except I'd disagree with Mr Swifter's comment about Wine running programs the same as ReactOS--nothing is quite as bad as going-nowhere ReactOS).

    You'd think that after all these years Wine would be ready for prime time but it's nowhere near it. Like ReactOS, it's a kludged mashed up system that's messy and fiddly and really a pain for the ordinary user to get working. (And this version isn't noticeably improved over previous ones.)

    As 'Mr Swifter' says 'If you want to run Windows apps then just get Windows.'

  12. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.3.22 Development (Jun 14, 2011)

    Another blatantly false review by a Windows fanboy, which is Mr. "Slipped it in" (I guess he shouldn't have slipped in here in the first place).

    In fact Wine runs most Windows applications easily without any hacks.

  13. 1 out of 5 stars
    Slipped it in

    Reviewing 1.3.22 Development (Jun 13, 2011)

    This is a really crappy program. Out of the box most Windows programs don't work at all. The one that do don't work very well.

    @Artem S. Tashkinov - At least unlike you I know what I'm talking about. Out of the box most Windows applications crash before their installer finishes installing them. Even the various paid versions of Wine that some companies sell doesn't fix this.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.3.21 Development (May 31, 2011)

    @Mr Swiffer is wrong. In fact Wine runs Windows applications much better than ReactOS.

    Mind that you can use Wine for free and you are not forced to upgrade to new Windows releases because Microsoft makes you do that.

  15. 1 out of 5 stars
    Mr Swiffer

    Reviewing 1.3.18 Development (Apr 18, 2011)

    If you want to run Windows apps then just get Windows. Wine doesn't run Windows programs any better than ReactOS does.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars
    lehenryjr

    Reviewing 1.3.10 Development (Dec 29, 2010)

    Wine is great for those who can't find replacements for Windows applications in the Linux world. I've found this works outstanding, but there are exceptions. This is great if you can't leave your Windows world behind…

    Until next time,
    Larry Henry Jr.
    LEHSYS.com

  17. 4 out of 5 stars
    egg83

    Reviewing 1.3.7 Development (Nov 16, 2010)

    Long story short, have been a Windows user for a long time. Switched over to Ubuntu Linux just for the fun of it, and it has been a great experience. That being said, even though Linux is much easier to use and install than ever, there are some apps in Windows that are irreplaceable. Wine is pretty amazing, that it can create Windows type directories within Linux to make a Windows app to run in that environment. True, some apps will not run correctly, like IE8 (yeah, I tried Vista and XP installers), but, have had success with other apps even with MSI installlers. Hey, is not perfect, but cannot complain.

  18. 5 out of 5 stars
    4421

    Reviewing 1.3.5 Development (Oct 19, 2010)

    I am very impressed about the constant recent progress. More and more applications run out of the box.

  19. 2 out of 5 stars
    ghammer

    Reviewing 1.3.5 Development (Oct 18, 2010)

    Oh boy! Animated cursors!

    Use a virtual machine to run Windows if you are still eaten up by linux.
    Or better, as I'm often told, there is nothing linux can't do, so this should not be needed.
    A command line is all you need. Ever!

  20. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.3.5 Development (Oct 18, 2010)

    Mr Swiffer:

    Use Windows and never come back. Wine is given you for free and you expect it to be perfect.

  21. 1 out of 5 stars
    Mr Swiffer

    Reviewing 1.3.3 Development (Sep 20, 2010)

    Very difficult to use. Even the polished pay-for versions of Wine from various companies is extremely buggy. Most Windows programs don't run at all and the ones that do run operate very slowly. It's better to use a product like VirtualBox to run Windows programs in Linux. Nothing is better than Windows for running Windows apps.

  22. 5 out of 5 stars
    soldier1st

    Reviewing 1.2 (Jul 18, 2010)

    Awesome software it gets a 5 but these 2 low life scammers/spammers named fbask and gsdfz get a 1, Betanews you need to do more to clean these low life scammers/spammers and while i enjoy toying and finding them you need to do more

  23. 3 out of 5 stars
    Uriel

    Reviewing 1.2 (Jul 17, 2010)

    What is the age?
    Doesn't taste quite perfect yet!

  24. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.2 (Jul 16, 2010)

    When Windows perishes (and surely it will), Wine will be the only way to run old Windows software without running Windows in emulator.

    Wine rocks! Many thanks to all Wine developers and contributors.

    And mind that 1.2 release is a new stable release.

  25. 5 out of 5 stars
    AdamS

    Reviewing 1.2-rc7 (Jul 11, 2010)

    Works great for playing WoW on Linux :) No lag at all, definitely recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5 stars
    soldier1st

    Reviewing 1.2-rc7 (Jul 10, 2010)

    Artem S. Tashkinov: where does it say i rate it 1? before accusing anyone of anything you need to back your claim otherwise you will be laughed at which atm i am lol@u, i rate spammers comments 1 but apps no.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.2-rc5 (Jul 5, 2010)

    soldier1st,

    Right HERE you rate this app "1", because it's NOT possible to rate people's comments at this betanews section.

    You are such an a....e :) Sorry :)

  28. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.2-rc4 (Jun 21, 2010)

    awesome.

  29. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.2-rc4 (Jun 19, 2010)

    soldier1st is obviously an idiot underrating the application just because the previous person was a spammer.

  30. 1 out of 5 stars
    soldier1st

    Reviewing 1.2-rc4 (Jun 19, 2010)

    Artem S. Tashkinov: i did not rate the application low because the app itself is awesome, i rated the spammers post as 1, the app gets a 5 obviously, think and read carefuly before you accuse someone of something.

  31. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.1.43 (Apr 18, 2010)

    Works great on Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 2!

  32. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.1.41 (Mar 22, 2010)

    wow, the updates are becoming more and more frequent. Awesome!

  33. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.1.40 (Mar 8, 2010)

    awesome as always.

  34. 5 out of 5 stars
    Aegis69

    Reviewing 1.1.39 (Feb 20, 2010)

    I can't think of a single windows app that I miss, need or would want to install on Linux. Games might be nice and a lot of them do run, but only if you have the right combination of video card and drivers.

  35. 4 out of 5 stars
    B__B

    Reviewing 1.1.36 (Jan 11, 2010)

    There is still a huge work to do, and it is quite to be expected for a such ambitious project like Wine.
    But overall it is good and I can feel that it is getting better at each update.

  36. 5 out of 5 stars
    Inniosoft

    Reviewing 1.1.33 (Nov 15, 2009)

    This is one of the best Open-Source products I have ever seen. Absolutely Brilliant! That's all there is to say. :)

  37. 5 out of 5 stars
    netean

    Reviewing 1.1.28 (Aug 25, 2009)

    I'm pretty impressed with wine. it lets me run A LOT of windows apps. sometimes flawlessly, sometimes not, but the fact it can run them at all I think is amazing.

    I use wine to run a couple of .net apps in (.net v2)
    and dreamweaver cs4 (works perfectly)
    photoshop cs2 also works perfectly

    it can run iTunes too (although why you'd want to!) .

    Consider for a second what it is trying to do - take software designed for one operating system and make it work in another. It's pretty damn amazing.

    I would love to be able to run Word 07 (do NOT mention openoffice to me!) and photoshop cs3/cs4 and lightroom but otherwise it pretty much does everything I need and runs all my most used windows apps pretty darned well.

  38. 5 out of 5 stars
    JEdwardP

    Reviewing 1.1.22 (May 24, 2009)

    I've always read people saying WINE doesn't work well, and I'm sure for many applications, it still doesn't, but since I switched to Linux as my primary OS in July '07, I've only had the need to regularly run two Windows applications, Mp3tag for personal use and the Citrix ICA client for business (I can't get the Linux version of the Citrix client to run properly for some reason).

    WINE runs both those programs almost perfectly, and does so on an almost daily basis, which means that for my purposes, it's a five-star program.

  39. 3 out of 5 stars
    Joco

    Reviewing 1.1.22 (May 23, 2009)

    I am grateful for Wine allowing me to run Windows text based applications where there is no equivalence (of equal performance) in Linux. For me these are archivers and MP3 taggers. Everytime I tried a Windows game, and these are simple board or puzzle games. Not only the game didn't work, once exit back to Ubuntu, the graphical configuration is totally wrecked and took me a lot of time to fix. Since then, if I really need to run these WIndows games, I use a Virtual Machine.

  40. 3 out of 5 stars
    myboy

    Reviewing 1.1.21 (May 11, 2009)

    While the project is noble, there's no way I'm giving 5 stars for something that only works half the time. Unless it's one of the Windows programs that has priority with the developers, odds are that it WON'T run. Or if you're lucky and it does run, it runs poorly.

  41. 5 out of 5 stars
    bopb99

    Reviewing 1.1.21 (May 11, 2009)

    Of course it doesn't run in vista,
    it is windows XP's api that can run programs on Unix, Linux.
    Quit wining about it and try Linux.

    Finally I will be able to play old games made for windows XP,
    when wine has good enough directx 9 support.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars
    Joco

    Reviewing 1.1.19 (Apr 10, 2009)

    Complete Changelog: http://www.winehq.org/announce/1.1.19

  43. 5 out of 5 stars
    Frostek

    Reviewing 1.1.14 (Feb 1, 2009)

    It's getting better faster these days. All sort of fixes must have been going in recently. Top notch work!

  44. 5 out of 5 stars
    sx66gns

    Reviewing 1.1.13 (Jan 16, 2009)

    Forward thinking and progressive , Top Notch devs.

  45. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blazzer

    Reviewing 1.1.13 (Jan 16, 2009)

    "monzi
    Reviewing 1.1.12 (Jan 5, 2009)

    Doesnt work in Vista"

    LOL - it's not meant to run in Vista. It runs under Unix/Linux.

  46. 1 out of 5 stars
    monzi

    Reviewing 1.1.12 (Jan 5, 2009)

    Doesnt work in Vista

  47. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 1.1.9 (Nov 21, 2008)

    You can get it here for Ubuntu in DEB form (Like exe under Windows).

    http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/archive/index.html

  48. 5 out of 5 stars
    PagingDrLeoMarvin

    Reviewing 1.1.8 (Nov 11, 2008)

    Always exciting, I'll never use Windows again! Instead, I enjoy Wine!

  49. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 1.1.8 (Nov 7, 2008)

    @berserkchaos One can still not like MS itself, but can still like some of the products available for Windows. We just wish that we could get more of them for Linux....

    @pollok No spamming.

  50. 4 out of 5 stars
    berserkchaos

    Reviewing 1.1.8 (Nov 7, 2008)

    I hate somethings about MS products but I really enjoy reading about people who says "Windows sucks, I use Linux/Mac"... When the first thing they do is find a way to run Windows applications.

    Let's be honest...

  51. 5 out of 5 stars
    fatray

    Reviewing 1.1.7 (Oct 26, 2008)

    With this I am ALMOST totally able to not use windows. I use Wine for games 95% of the time, just wish it would run Lego Batman. Maybe this new version will.

  52. 1 out of 5 stars
    blahman2005

    Reviewing 1.1.7 (Oct 26, 2008)

    WHy not use real Windows instead of hacked version?

  53. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.1.7 (Oct 24, 2008)

    I've only found a very select FEW apps that do not install and run just like they would under Windows. Few of them have even been fixed in updated versions which is spectacular. WINE is an outstanding piece of software, makes the transition to Linux much easier.

  54. 5 out of 5 stars
    JEdwardP

    Reviewing 1.1.6 (Oct 11, 2008)

    Since I switched to Linux as my primary OS in July '07, I've only run one Windows app. regularly (Mp3tag, which puts both EasyTag and exfalso to shame), and Wine runs it almost perfectly.

    There's one other app. I would run if Wine handled it better, but it's an old app., so I can't justify taking a point off my rating.

  55. 5 out of 5 stars
    wolseleydude

    Reviewing 1.1.6 (Oct 10, 2008)

    I agree with Artem. Ubuntu is my primary OS of choice but I sometimes need to use some Windows apps. Wine works flawlessly and I have no problems whatsoever. I choose to use Adobe Photoshop, and I have some games I also play. Everything works like a charm,

  56. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.1.5 (Sep 25, 2008)

    You should NOT listen to blatant lies spread by solid45.

    In fact most Windows applications install flawlessly under Wine but some of them have compatibility issues - as it's not an easy task to reimplement Windows API when its native implementation has great many ugly hacks. Besides in Microsoft there are over five thousand full-time workers developing core Windows platform and probably five people work on the same basis for Wine.

    I'm very glad Wine exists.

  57. 5 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 1.1.5 (Sep 23, 2008)

    Wow, and it always works for me. Of course it's not going to run every Windows program, especially those written in old VB. You might do better paying for Crossover instead, or running a VM.

  58. 1 out of 5 stars
    solid45

    Reviewing 1.1.5 (Sep 22, 2008)

    I have never (Not once) installed a windows program using wine and had it work. I've tried several times. Unless you actually look up an app on the winehq website and verify that it actually works ( then follow tedious instructions), then you are out of luck. Good try, but I have to run windows for the foreseeable future.

  59. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.1.4 (Sep 6, 2008)

    Anyone test CS3 on this?

  60. 5 out of 5 stars
    egg83

    Reviewing 1.1.3 (Aug 24, 2008)

    Use this on my OpenSuse box, am not very savvy when it comes to Linux (yet!), but Wine is very useful for those old MS apps I run on a regular basis. Have not actually tried to install an app with Wine, have several apps that are "portable", and run the executable from the folder, and behold, the program works! Rock on Open Source, Linux, and Wine!

  61. 5 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 1.1.3 (Aug 23, 2008)

    Great program for those making the switch to Linux or needing that *one* program from Windows they can't live without. However, after using it for a month or two, I found better Linux-equivalent software and no longer need it.

  62. 5 out of 5 stars
    elitegangsta

    Reviewing 1.1.2 (Jul 28, 2008)

    Love it, runs great, better support. It still does not do well on Adobe CS3 install (other than Photoshop CS3) though there are plenty of good open source alternatives. Love it's integration with the Linux window manager of choice. Runs a lot of my windows games that i cannot port directly to Linux great, as well as even odd ball Windows apps I use daily. Excellent alternative to Windows, and keeps getting better. Great work dev team, keep up the good work!

    P.S. Running on Ubuntu 8.04 x64

  63. 5 out of 5 stars
    poundsmack

    Reviewing 1.1.2 (Jul 28, 2008)

    I agree with Artem Tashkinov in every respect except that the Win32 API is poorly documented. I will give credit where credit is due and say that MS has done quick a good job with it's documentation for developers.

    now back to WINE. with every release it just gets better and better. well done team.

  64. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 1.1.2 (Jul 27, 2008)

    To all pseudo-reviewers who don't even use any Unix favour (like Linux, FreeBSD or Sun Solaris):

    if you do not understand the rationale behind developing a software product then STOP using it and writing completely USELESS and deceitful "reviews" and spreading FUD.

    Wine code is indeed well written and wholly reviewed by independent software developers and by automatic systems.

    Virtualization requires you to obtain a copy of Windows OS so it's not the future for people who are not willing to waste their money on some proprietary lest-understood OS'es.

    Wine is a great effort and I'm glad people try to pursue the impossible (Win API is closed, poorly documented, doesn't always work as advertised on MSDN, and have many ugly hacks to preserve compatibility with poorly written software).

  65. 2 out of 5 stars
    darkxiiindp

    Reviewing 1.1.2 (Jul 26, 2008)

    Wine isn't the future. The future is virtualization.

  66. 1 out of 5 stars
    p2062007

    Reviewing 1.1.2 (Jul 26, 2008)

    Idea is questionable. Duplicating efforts from others without providing any innovation. Implementation lags 10 years behind. Many functions do not behave as the native ones. Source code inspections shows poorly implemented code. Arrogant attitude of Wine developers towards bug reports and fixes.

  67. 5 out of 5 stars
    sergioccg

    Reviewing 1.1.1 (Jul 11, 2008)

    @God Dammit
    Do you really need IE7??? 'cause I installed IE6 without problem. And I'm able to even Photoshop CS2 better with Wine than with VMWare. You complain for a browser that al lot of people only use for websites that use activeX

  68. 5 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 1.1.0 (Jun 27, 2008)

    Runs NewsLeecher which is the only program I need it for; why else would I need Windows? (Yes, yes, I know there are several decent Linux newsreaders.)

  69. 5 out of 5 stars
    MooseMuffin

    Reviewing 1.0 (Jun 17, 2008)

    Congrats Wine on the 1.0 milestone. Plays WoW and my source engine games with excellent results.

  70. 5 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 1.0 (Jun 17, 2008)

    bouchon:

    Whatever it is you're smoking... it's too cheap. Trade up.

    "Perfect Windows killer"? Fantasyland... or a seriously bad hit of acid.

    FailedCRC:

    These folks clearly don't have what it takes to build one. Fantasyland on my part...

    That being said, it's finally at 1.0 status and will help Windows users make Linux tolerable from an application standpoint.

    FIVE stars for finally reaching the end of the road.

  71. 5 out of 5 stars
    bouchonx

    Reviewing 1.0 (Jun 17, 2008)

    God Dammit >>
    How to know that we don't know if we don't know ???

    Remember that "google is your friend".

    DO you have tried -- ie6 linux -- ?

    Poor humanity...........

    Wine is the perfect windows killer !

    With our support, we will be able to eliminate Microsoft.

    Where Bill Gates found his (our) billions?

  72. 3 out of 5 stars
    mflip

    Reviewing 1.0 (Jun 17, 2008)

    Wow. I can't believe how busy the website is for such crappy software. The website won't even load. Since as of Wine 1.0 RC 5 there was extremely limited support at best for basic features such as the .NET Framework and MSI, this program is worthless. Most older games that use DirectX 7 or 8 don't work. Internet Explorer 6 and 7 don't even install. With IE 6 a message appears stating a newer version of IE is already installed. IE 7 just crashes before it even begins installing anything.

    If you want to run Windows software under Linux then just get virtualization software such as VMware or Sun's VirtualBox.

  73. 5 out of 5 stars
    FailedCRC

    Reviewing 1.0 (Jun 17, 2008)

    Where's your DirectX emulator roj?

  74. 5 out of 5 stars
    roj

    Reviewing 1.0 RC5 (Jun 13, 2008)

    OK, I typed this little missive to another misguided set of devs who clearly did NOT understand the concept of a release candidate:

    A Release Candidate is a finished piece of code that is released to spot any last minute show stoppers. it typically does not exceed two or three versions. if it does, it's still BETA.

    Either put this thing in BETA and admit you need to cook it more or conduct a PROPER Release Candidate release and get it the heck out the door.

    Now I'm sure I'm going to get flamed by The faithful but that's too bad, eh?

    FIVE stars fro a useful utility suffering form misguided devs.

  75. 5 out of 5 stars
    Moasat

    Reviewing 1.0 RC3 (May 30, 2008)

    Wine works just fine for me on 64-bit Gentoo.

  76. 5 out of 5 stars
    Skyfrog

    Reviewing 1.0 RC2 (May 24, 2008)

    OpenSolaris? lol. Wine works fine on most 64-bit operating systems if you know how to install it properly. Not sure about Solaris but since no one uses that for a desktop anyway who cares.

    http://wiki.winehq.org/WineOn64bit

  77. 1 out of 5 stars
    cees2000

    Reviewing 1.0 RC2 (May 24, 2008)

    nice program, but as long there is NO X64 support for OpenSolaris I am not giving it a rating over -1-
    Ridiculous that all major programs for linux/unix support X64 but Wine does not.

  78. 3 out of 5 stars
    mflip

    Reviewing 1.0 RC1 (May 10, 2008)

    I am using Ubuntu Linux 8.04. I installed Wine 1.0 RC1 using the precompiled DEB package. This is a major improvement over the previous alpha and so-called beta releases. There's still no support for Microsoft Installer (MSI) files. Attempting to installing the Windows Installer 3.1 and Internet Explorer 7 packages from Microsoft's website produces an error message stating that no volume was found for extraction. Some older games such as Bejeweled 2 and Jewel Quest won't install. In the case of Jewel Quest, the autoplay window (which apparently uses Macromedia Flash in some form) crashes hard when the Install button is clicked.

    It appears that there is no way to generate a debug output in this version of Wine to help troubleshoot the previously mentioned problems. Thankfully I can install Transgaming's Cedega Wine software side by side with Wine 1.0 RC1.

  79. 4 out of 5 stars
    the artist

    Reviewing 1.0 RC1 (May 9, 2008)

    STRONGLY against the "anniversary/version advance" releases. What happens in the end?? Stuff like KDE 4, buggy Hardy Heron, and whatever software that tried to impose a dev cycle milestone to a birthday.

    No no.

  80. 5 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 1.0 RC1 (May 9, 2008)

    bousozoku, sounds like you either don't have it setup right or don't have all the parts installed. I've weaned myself away from software — usually Windows — that requires Wine to run on Linux. At this point, I'd rather use something built for the platform.

  81. 2 out of 5 stars
    bousozoku

    Reviewing 0.9.60 (Apr 21, 2008)

    The software probably rates a 5, but I've yet to get anything to work and the documentation on getting an existing application to work on their web site is negligible.

    The Crossover product is probably worth the money, if you happen to want to run one of the games they suggest.

    I guess I'll be tied to WinXP for many things until it's dead.

  82. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.60 (Apr 21, 2008)

    A great addition to any version of Linux.

  83. 5 out of 5 stars
    Diam0nd

    Reviewing 0.9.60 (Apr 21, 2008)

    What would you linux people do without it? ;) Great tool.

    Windows > *

  84. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.59 (Apr 6, 2008)

    People keep forgetting that the primary purpose of WINE is NOT for gaming.

    WINE is primarily intended for those switching to Linux who still need a few Windows based programs. I believe that games designed for Linux will begin to accelerate in 2009 (especially with ATI opening up their hardware to open-source driver coding) and THAT will lead to some pretty good native games with high-end Windows perhaps never really running successfully on Linux.

    For what it is intended for, though not perfect, I believe the steady advancement and considerable effort deserve a high rating.

    Considering OEM Vista Premium can be found for as low as $100 I think anyone who still needs Microsoft games or apps for more than one or two small apps seriously consider dual or triple-booting (I'm still with XP).

    It'll be interesting to see how Linux and WINE develop over the next two years. Windows is far from losing its Monopoly. I believe PC Hardware will take a huge surge forward (External PCIe and tiny, compact efficient computers) as well as dropping and price with many "good enough" cheap Linux solutions included in PC's, Gaming consoles and TV's.

  85. 5 out of 5 stars
    BoiseComputerService

    Reviewing 0.9.59 (Apr 5, 2008)

    This program is excellent. I now play games in Linux to avoid all the viruses and spyware. Wine allows 3D games such as World of Warcraft, Half-Life, Guild Wars, and EVE Online to be played in Linux with excellent performance. To give something a rating of (1) because you don't like their versioning system. You are an idiot. Perhaps they don't push out versions to try and boost sales ending up in crappy products like many software companies.

    Brian Aldridge
    Boise Computer Service, Inc.
    http://www.BoiseComputerService.com
    http://www.BoiseComputerService.net

  86. 5 out of 5 stars
    The Seeker 11

    Reviewing 0.9.58 (Mar 23, 2008)

    "Wow, in another 10 years or so Wine should be near version 1."

    June 6 actually.

  87. 5 out of 5 stars
    Diam0nd

    Reviewing 0.9.58 (Mar 23, 2008)

    Excellent project.

    slipdisc2: get a life. ty.

  88. 1 out of 5 stars
    slipdisc2

    Reviewing 0.9.58 (Mar 23, 2008)

    Wow, in another 10 years or so Wine should be near version 1.

  89. 5 out of 5 stars
    Banquo

    Reviewing 0.9.58 (Mar 22, 2008)

    WINE is a great project, but to say it is more compatible with Windows software than Vista is totally ignorant and ridiculous.

  90. 5 out of 5 stars
    darkwzrd1

    Reviewing 0.9.58 (Mar 21, 2008)

    hey sjc001 if WineHQ told you THE ALIENS ARE COMING! Would you believe that to? Lol

  91. 5 out of 5 stars
    LeXTeRiTY_X

    Reviewing 0.9.58 (Mar 21, 2008)

    sjc, that's very funny. It's good to see them use XP as default now.

  92. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.58 (Mar 21, 2008)

    LeXTeRiTY_X, WINE has better XP compatibility than does Vista.

    Yeah. Vista is a complete and utter failure.

    I always get a big laugh whenever ret***s, like dorkwzrd1, believe that they're being clever. I see that you haven't been reading the articles over at WineHQ. [rolleyes]

    Banquo, it does sound far fetched, but true none the less. Like when some said that the Earth was a sphere and the Church said it wasn't no one took those who said it was a sphere seriously since the Church was more powerful.

    Vista is such a buggy piece of crap. Just because Windows is commercial and on more systems doesn't automatically mean that it is better. You've fallen for consumerism propaganda. The goal of Vista is to get you to stop using XP and to get all new hardware as well its made that way on purpose. You're being used. I can only feel sorry for those who are so easily manipulated.

  93. 5 out of 5 stars
    LeXTeRiTY_X

    Reviewing 0.9.57 (Mar 8, 2008)

    ROFL @ WINE competing with Vista.

    @the artist:
    I know how annoying it is that some Windows specific programs do break in WINE--eBay Turbolister being one of them >:( --but for what I can run I'm more than happy with it.

    Music programs like Sibelius/Cubase/FruityLoops/LogicAudio require direct hardware access and Windows specific drivers that most likely haven't been integrated in to WINE yet. That's right--it's a pain in the arse.

    This leaves us with only 2 options for now:
    - Install it in a virtual machine running Windows.
    - Or find a Free Software alternative.

  94. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.57 (Mar 7, 2008)

    As I understand it is that WINE has better Windows compatibility than Vista does.

  95. 5 out of 5 stars
    humanzoo

    Reviewing 0.9.57 (Mar 7, 2008)

    Well, the artist, you could first check the Wine AppDB to see what others have done to get it working: http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?iAppId=1124

    Sorry folks, this doesn't run absoultly every application ever made for Windows ever. Still it works pretty darn well... sometimes better than running the program on Windows itself. (Such is my experience with Photoshop CS2.)

  96. 4 out of 5 stars
    the artist

    Reviewing 0.9.57 (Mar 7, 2008)

    Anyone please explain me How the F*ck can i run the music production software "Sibelius 5" with this, so much praise that it receives.

    Thank you.

  97. 5 out of 5 stars
    Alpha258

    Reviewing 0.9.57 (Mar 7, 2008)

    The people developing Wine seriously deserve medals or something. It is developing at an astonishing rate. Another great release and more to come I hope.

  98. 5 out of 5 stars
    LeXTeRiTY_X

    Reviewing 0.9.56 (Feb 23, 2008)

    With Google now behind WINE, Adobe CS works flawlessly. Other than for games, who needs Windows. 5 Stars.

  99. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.56 (Feb 22, 2008)

    Yeah. Who needs Windows now....? I know that I don't and I don't regret it either.

  100. 5 out of 5 stars
    EarlyMorningHours

    Reviewing 0.9.56 (Feb 22, 2008)

    With these regular bi-weekly releases I really can't wait to see where this project is at a year from now. It's unbelievable to me the amount progress they've made in the previous year.

  101. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.54 (Jan 26, 2008)

    It keeps on getting better and better.

  102. 5 out of 5 stars
    Alpha258

    Reviewing 0.9.54 (Jan 26, 2008)

    Wow im amazed to see another Wine release come out so fast. Even though I use mostly native programs there is still a few things I need Wine for. Keep up the good work guys!

  103. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.53 (Jan 15, 2008)

    WINE is making progress. That, and the progress that Linux distros like Ubuntu are making is why I rate it a "5".

    There is still a lot of confusion over the purpose of WINE. It's primary purpose has never been to run games. In fact, if you are waiting for Linux to run most games like Windows does.. then don't. There's minimal support for Windows games and DX10 may never happen, and definitely not in the near future (we'll be into DX11 by then if it even happens).

    For games, I expect that once Linux reaches a certain critical mass, perhaps by 2010 games will be specifically coded for Linux. Even with a low critical mass those initial few games will still sell a lot of copies. Also, I'm starting to think Microsoft's non-open-soure coding will start working against them. Writing apps and drivers for Linux will get easier and easier while Windows seems to get more confusing. With games on Vista averaging 80% of XP, the complete drop of EAX support and other issues many gamers aren't too happy. Now, Microsoft has said the next version of Windows will be both 32-bit and 64-bit when they really should have dropped 32-bit so this whole chicken-and-egg issue with drivers and applications doesn't keep happening. No, Microsoft is not thinking this through.

    *Despite WINE's improvements, by the time I actually switch to Linux as my primary Operating System I'll probably be using ONLY Linux applications since they are progressing nicely. (I'll probably buy Vista, dual-boot XP, then dual-boot Vista/Ubuntu and eventually switch to Linux entirely.. over the course of 5 or so years. If 64-bit gaming on Linux takes off I'll never purchase a Microsoft product again, I'll simply use my current Windows OS for games I already own in a dual-boot with Linux.)

    Having said the above, many other people will require WINE for years to come and it should continue to develop until such time as enough people can easily switch to Linux applications without needing WINE.

  104. 5 out of 5 stars
    yaknowwat

    Reviewing 0.9.52 (Dec 31, 2007)

    They are coming very close to getting Microsoft Home Publisher like apps working automatically with this release.

    There is only 1 error for
    Microsoft Greetings which is based of Microsoft Home Publisher .

  105. 5 out of 5 stars
    phiber0ptik

    Reviewing 0.9.52 (Dec 29, 2007)

    ...and smarterthanyou makes his nick sound like irony. VMWare cannot handle games as good as wine for many reasons. I give it a 5 because of their skills and because it's free.

  106. 2 out of 5 stars
    smarterthanyou

    Reviewing 0.9.52 (Dec 29, 2007)

    sjc001, Wine will be a good alternative to Windows when a free version is available that can run games such as Doom 3 in Ultra Mode at playable speeds. Until then I still say running a licensed copy of Windows in a VM is a better solution.

  107. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.52 (Dec 28, 2007)

    smarterthanyou, I run Solsuite 2008 under WINE with no real problems.

    The problem with running Windows in a WM is graphics. It doesn't use your video card. It uses a simulated video card instead so you may not get the high performance you want that way.

  108. 5 out of 5 stars
    sx66gns

    Reviewing 0.9.52 (Dec 28, 2007)

    We are getting there.

  109. 4 out of 5 stars
    TarrantM

    Reviewing 0.9.51 (Dec 17, 2007)

    I have a similar setup as sjc in running Mandriva as my main OS and an nLited XP install for games.

    Cadega is so not worth it since it's probably cheaper and less of a headache to just buy a copy of XP in the long run.

    Gave it a 4 rating because the Wine group is contributing to the ReactOS folks which I think will support games better than Wine in the future.

  110. 2 out of 5 stars
    smarterthanyou

    Reviewing 0.9.51 (Dec 16, 2007)

    It runs Windows Solitare just fine but it doesn't run much of anything else very reliably. If you want Windows support that actually works under *nix run a licensed copy of Windows in a virtual machine.

  111. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.50 (Dec 1, 2007)

    I use this for certain Windows programs that I want to use, such as DiskBase 5, under Linux and I dual boot a nLited copy of XP just for games, though I could most likely use this as well for the games if I wanted to.

  112. 5 out of 5 stars
    improvelence

    Reviewing 0.9.50 (Nov 30, 2007)

    A must have if you are too stubborn to dual boot.

  113. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.49 (Nov 10, 2007)

    3DMark2001SE (system benchmarked: X2-4800+,6600GT128MB,2GBDDR3200)

    XP Pro 32-bit-> 20,094
    Vista 32-bit-> 15,545
    Vista 64-bit-> 7,575
    Ubuntu 64-bit-> 11,022 (running in WINE)

    *Note: these figures have been confirmed on other systems; similar results were obtained with other benchmarks. Benchmarks vary by game and by graphics card. Hopefully SP1 for Vista changes this. Ubuntu benchmark is the latest 3D NVidia drivers.

  114. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.48 (Nov 6, 2007)

    Yes, I'm aware of Cedega but if I have to spend money I'll get Windows Vista 32-bit (x86) OEM for about $120. Wine is not just about gaming of course, but here's some very telling, recent results:

    Benchmarks (6600GT128MB, 2GBDDR3200, X24800+):

    Windows XP:
    -3DMark2001SE, 20,094

    Ubuntu, Wine 0.9.48 (with latest, best optimized NVidia 3D drivers)
    -3DMark2001SE, 11,022

    3DMark2000 showed similar results. I can't stress enough that these are accurate results, and, perhaps more importantly the NVidia Linux 3D drivers have only recently improved significantly. Even if you purchased gaming support, a year ago things were absolutely horrible.

    64-bit Vista benchmark for 3DMark2001SE:
    7575 (ouch!)

    *It's very interesting to note that while Vista 32-bit is nearing identical gaming performance to XP 32-bit, Vista 64-bit gaming performance was actually beaten by Ubuntu Linux with the latest optimized 3D NVidia drivers.

    One of my biggest question is:
    Is Linux going to see full (or nearly full) DX9 and DX10 performance?

    It's my hope that we get full support for 3D Vidia cards and FREE games that can compete with the Microsoft games. (There seems to be a precedent; there are several on-line free games that have found a way to make money. I think a Universal Gaming Engine and some organization could give rise to something truly incredible.

    Wouldn't it be absolutely amazing to see a game released which improves month-by-month for years, possibly decades?

    Yes, I honestly believe that programs like Wine will be dropped by 2013. Basically, by then we'll either run Windows, Linux or dual-boot but NOT run Windows apps withing Linux. By then both Operating Systems will easily run natively at the same time so people with dual-boot situations will simply run whichever program (Linux or Windows) they like best for that task. If they migrate a certain Windows program to Linux they'll simply import the settings and data.

    I think Wine's real future is in running Windows games on Linux. Yes, I know that's Cedega's niche but I do believe Open Source WILL mean fully free. I think Linux users will switch to native Linux apps but many will have their collections of Windows games,which despite being increasinbly low graphics quality comparatively they'll still want to pay.

    Isn't it ironic that in ten years it is Linux and not Windows that'll be running the bulk of the Legacy Windows games. Isn't it also ironic that part of the reason people will switch from Windows will be backwards compatibility with Windows games that Windows no longer plays?

    So the bulk of Wine's future may be to provide legacy gaming and hardware support.

  115. 5 out of 5 stars
    computershack

    Reviewing 0.9.47 (Oct 13, 2007)

    Photonboy, for Windows games on Linux you are better looking at Cedega which is a games orientated version of WINE. It's commercial though but there's a free trial version.

  116. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.47 (Oct 13, 2007)

    I've finally decided Linux (Ubuntu 7.10 beta) is good enough to keep on my hard drive. I still use XP Pro but I like to see how Linux is progressing.

    For the first time I properly installed a 3D graphics driver. It's pretty good but not as good as the Windows versions.

    Using WINE I managed to run 3DMark2000 (2001 wouldn't run). The finally benchmark score was 5619 in Ubuntu with the new 3D drivers and just over 20,000 in XP so there's room for improvement.

    Quake Arena worked flawlessly at very high FPS under Wine.

    Now that I'm actually using Wine I'm ashamed at some of my previous comments. It's much more useful than I'd thought. Ironically, by the time Wine gets really good I'll probably be running Linux apps anyway.

    If you want to run games it's possible but even with the new drivers expect huge performance hits. I wonder how much of the performance hit is because of the way Wine works and how much is the drivers?

    (Halo CE runs at full quality at 60FPS VSYNC flawlessly on my system but under Wine it wasn't even as good as my sister's integrated 6100 graphics chip. It was unplayable.)

  117. 5 out of 5 stars
    sjc001

    Reviewing 0.9.47 (Oct 12, 2007)

    This is simply great...

  118. 5 out of 5 stars
    The MAZZTer

    Reviewing 0.9.46 (Sep 28, 2007)

    Changelog:
    http://www.winehq.org/?announce=0.9.46

    Wine is great. The only thing it is really lagging on is gaming support, and each release (this one is no exception) improves on that.

    There is some talk in previous comments about using emulators (Virtual PC) to run Windows applications. The great thing about Wine, explained in their FAQ on their site, is that Wine Is Not an Emulator, but an API layer, so that it runs Windows programs directly, and these programs call the Win32 API, which Wine translates into Linux APIs dynamically, for a lower performance hit than an emulator.

    Users of MacOSX: I've heard rumors that Apple may be working on it's own Wine-type software. If true, and if it works as good as Wine, it could be another nail in Windows' coffin potentially, as it would remove another barrier for Windows users looking to migrate to another OS but who don't like Linux.

    In the meantime, Wine is supposed to run on BSD systems... isn't Intel OSX based off of BSD? I dunno... I imagine if it did work on OSX the wine dev team would have formal support for it though, which there is no indication of.

  119. 3 out of 5 stars
    rsx508

    Reviewing 0.9.45 (Sep 25, 2007)

    Great for most apps. Horrible for attempting FPU or GPU-intensive apps. If you're looking to run Solidwords or Maya or 3D Studio Max on Linux, forget it. Not worth the effort or pain to make it almost work on Wine. That's a small percentage of users obviously. For most people Wine is a fantastic option for running Windows apps on Linux.

  120. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.44 (Aug 27, 2007)

    Nilst2006,

    I've seen a lot of confusion over Virtual software etc, so I thought I'd make a quick reply to your comment which is a common one.

    - Apple's OSX only runs properly on hardware that has proper driver support. Apple makes money from their hardware. Further, there is a huge list of Windows hardware, but really no incentive to write drivers. The ONLY way to get OSX running properly now and likely forever is to buy an Apple computer. You may get partial operation, but not 100%.

    - If you wish to try other Operating Systems it is best to dual-boot. Running within Windows not only creates a lot of additional challenges which usually get partially solved by software emulation, but the performance hits are often quite significant. My advice is to try a few of the "LIVE" Linux CD's. I particularly like PCLinuxOS which has a feature to utilize your Memory to load the Operating System to instead of using the slow (and annoying) CD/DVD drive. (Ubuntu is another one to watch.)

    I keep checking in on WINE and Linux. Linux will eventually spread its wings once quality (and gaming support) reach critical mass. One thing I haven't been able to determine is if we really are going to see full gaming support for DX9 let alone DX10. Hell, I can't even get several of my older Windows games to run in Windows any more. I honestly believe the Open Source Community will find a way to support for ALL software (especially games), again we'll see a critical mass explosion of support. (DX10 and "stream processing" for massive parallel computation is the next big thing . A huge demand is in the Scientific Community and a LOT of people in these industries like coding with Linux. Sony's using similar technology from their PS3. I don't know when "stream processing" technology will come to the PC for non-gaming but it's coming and it will start to change the shape of software.)

    Wouldn't it be ironic if WINE and other Linux apps start supporting the Windows games that Windows can no longer support? (Who's at "fault" when games quit working. The game developer? Microsoft? This is why I think Open Source will really take off. How many people have hardware and software that is no longer supported for the sake of a single line of code that an Open Source Community could otherwise rectify easily?)

    Here's to WINE (but don't wine to me for another too-long comment.. )

  121. 5 out of 5 stars
    Latz !

    Reviewing 0.9.44 (Aug 26, 2007)

    Virtual PC 2007 is free and can run Linux on Windows, OSX on the other hand is out. Apple doesn't allow anyone to run it on anything other than a Macintosh.

  122. 3 out of 5 stars
    nilst2006

    Reviewing 0.9.44 (Aug 25, 2007)

    Isn't there anything free that can be used to run MAC OSX or LInux in Windows ! I am ready to try those OS:es !!!

  123. 4 out of 5 stars
    bur[n]er

    Reviewing 0.9.42 (Jul 27, 2007)

    Changes:
    http://winehq.org/?announce=0.9.42

    It keeps getting better and better! Photoshop CS should work with this latest release.

    /me uses gimp anyway

  124. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.41 (Jul 14, 2007)

    Here's a quick link to the more complete list of the updates (most won't want to read this).
    http://www.winehq.org/?announce=0.9.41

    Since "A_T" has so politely informed me that my comments are common knowledge to everyone and that I have apparently wasted everyone's time, I attempted to find some interesting tidbit related to this post.

    After doing some digging, I discovered that Sony is being very open about opening up its PS3 hardware to stimulate Linux development on the PS3. In fact, several changes have now been modified directly into the latest Linux kernel thus improving support. Sony has apparently allowed for coding of 6 of the 7 Cell processors which would allow for the development of some very nice games if you assume that this means the quality will be roughly 85% (many current PS3 games only use 85% of the PS3's maximum potential). Sony is continuing to dialogue with the Linux community because they realize the benefits not only from providing incresed functionality of their console once Linux is a vialble alternative to Windows for many, but also because their is a large potential for software revenues for PS3 specific Linux applications (Open Source does NOT mean free as many people believe). However, if FREE Linux games on the PC (either by WINE or Linux-only) begin to interfere with PS3 sales I wonder what Sony will do?

    Some more information revealed something we all suspected (but is now confirmed) which is that in roughly 2 to 4 years there will be some very good quality games, many of which will be FREE and constantly improved by the Open Source community. There is a recently introduced PC game called Last Chaos which is free and intended to be improved and be available for as long as possible. The advantage of free games and Open Sources Communities is that, provided the coding isn't sloppy and the hierarchy doesn't break down, it is likely that a few games will last decades while constantly improving.

    Obviously, for full WINE support on any hardware all the relevent component details need to be properly understood and coded for(such as the graphics card), however we are going to see THREE types of gaming situations on Linux systems:

    1) PC games running through WINE will continue to improve as WINE and the hardware support (drivers) improves.

    2) Linux-only games of PC quality (or better) will finally come to pass and there will be several FREE or very inexpensive games constanly improved by the Open Source Community as long as the Community is able.

    3) PS3-only Linux games. These gaming engines will be optimized around the PS3's hardware so porting might not happen. At least one Open-Source, FREE, PS3-only Gaming Engine has been confirmed but with no specific deadline. (PS3 Linux will have an initially slow start but the support is definitely there from Sony and Linux. My money isn't on Yellow Dog, but the well funded Ubuntu)

    Yes, I know that this may be common knowledge to many peope, but I have confirmed these details as best as I can. The dates are hard to pin down but I believe at least 5 very high quality games will crop up in 2 to 4 years (a few MMORPG's, a racing game, etc.). Once the gaming engines mature and interest increases, many new Linux-only games will be written further stimulating people to switch or dual-boot Linux which will in turn encourage WINE development etc. Things are going to get exciting!

    Once again, although it appears likely that full, or near-full support for DX9 games of at least 90% Frames Per Second appears likely eventually (is 100% possible?), I believe that DX10 might be a harder nut to crack. Microsoft does fear Linux and will employ all the techniques in their arsenal to prevent PC DX10 games from running on non-PC's.

    Does anyone know of an up-to-date list providing details of PC gaming support on the latest WINE versions?

  125. 5 out of 5 stars
    A_T

    Reviewing 0.9.41 (Jul 14, 2007)

    @photonboy - thanks so much for telling us all those things we knew already.

  126. 5 out of 5 stars
    UniversityofKentucky

    Reviewing 0.9.41 (Jul 14, 2007)

    I love how I ran the Windows program UltraVNC on my linux box and it worked perfectly. Not to replace Windows, but it allows me to run some Windows apps when needed. Can't argue with free.

  127. 4 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.40 (Jul 8, 2007)

    Linux will eventually reach a level of usability and find a niche. I have reviewed the recent major distros and found them much improved, but still lacking for the average user.

    The inexpensive PC with Linux pre-installed will continue to grow. The Sony PS3 is a computer that can ONLY run a version of Linux. With the huge number of PS3's the impact will be greater than you might think. Don't forget there will be a PS4 which should come out in around 4 years by which time it will probably come with a mature PowerPC version of Linux. Don't kid yourself, there's money in Linux software if Sony does it right and I'm sure they have a plan. (FYI, "open source" is not synonymous with "free.")

    Yes, Windows will be around for a long, long time, but Linux WILL reach the minimum critical mass to see increased development and support, and, in the long run has a good chance of eventually replacing Windows. Yes. Keep your eye on Ubuntu.

    So WINE will be around for a long, long time too. (Microsoft may make it very difficult to get DX10 working properly in Linux.)

  128. 4 out of 5 stars
    Marth

    Reviewing 0.9.40 (Jun 30, 2007)

    ggvrsn - are you smoking crack? Publishers create software for where they can make the most money (like any other business).

    Hate to tell ya, but there's not much money to be made in the Linux world compared to the Windows/Mac world.

    People think Linux being free means that they can get everything they want for free....and lots of those people pirate Windows and Windows games. Please, don't try and tell me that isn't true.

    The Linux community is small...and you bringing up the Dell/Linux deal is meaningless, simply because most home users won't bother with choosing Linux.

    Once the Linux community gets over themselves and berating the software companies for not writing code, then perhaps they will understand. Perhaps some billionaire who wants to waste money will start a software house that will write games, etc, for Linux, and Linux only, that will compete with Windows games, then perhaps people's ears will perk up.

    For servers and basic applications, linux is fine. For what lots of people have PCs for - games - it sucks, and you know it.

  129. 4 out of 5 stars
    ggvrsn

    Reviewing 0.9.40 (Jun 30, 2007)

    Marth, you have a very nice vocabulary. A decent start to an argument.

    Well, it might be that you and a few others have been too engrossed in games to notice the other things Wine can do or supports.

    Not all applications on Linux are free and I know it. Wine even though free is not as easy to use as CrossOver Office. There are a lot of commercial applications for Linux that I have seen and some, I use. In fact, I use IBM's Lotus Notes, which until recently was running under Wine/CrossOver Office on my desktop, now I have the Native Version of Lotus Notes for Linux.

    Symantec Antivirus, which was available only for Windows, is my default Anti-Virus Program on my desktop. No it is not running under Wine, it is a Native Linux Version.

    Veritas Volume Manager is also running native on my desktop to mirror volumes.

    It is not that it is impossible to make money out of Linux desktops and markets, but it is tough, I agree with you there.

    There is too much pressure from Microsoft not to give space or opportunity to Linux to enter market in which they have made their dominance.

    If you look into any big organisation, who has Microsoft as their default or most preferred desktop vendor, looking at their deal and deal structure, you will understand what I am saying. Microsoft does not want other vendors to set foot in their market place. This might look like competition, but history (Dell/RedHat deal) has taught us that it is not the case with M$.

    That is why I was saying, as a community, if we put pressure on companies making software on only one platform, they might make it for other platforms like Mac and Linux.

    Google's Google-Earth and Google-Desktop are a good start, hope other companies soon follow.

  130. 5 out of 5 stars
    Frostek

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 4, 2007)

    Half-Life 2 and my old favourite, Total Annihilation run - that's a good start in my books! :-)

  131. 4 out of 5 stars
    zhengx

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 3, 2007)

    Good,
    Can run IIS and ASP?

  132. 4 out of 5 stars
    aszure

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 3, 2007)

    Wine is a nice piece of software, however, it shouldnt be expected to be a tool in which will let you migrate to linux and have all of your windows stuff still available.

    In regards to gaming...

    Stick with windows if you want full performance and compatibility. Dual booting between the 2 is very easy.

  133. 4 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 3, 2007)

    Photonboy, don't expect Wine to accomplish that monster task, nor should it. While Linux may never become a gaming platform, there's no reason it can't — it's conquered everything else it set out to do so far.

    But at this point, I could care less whether Windows users switch to Linux. While I still run Windows for background tasks on a second machine, my primary machine now runs Fedora_7, and for someone who likes to customize their system and the way it works, it's a dream in every way from its graphics to its speed. Whether Windows or Mac users find out is not a concern; I'm just glad I did!

  134. 3 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 2, 2007)

    I suppose it's hard to rate, but here's my personal rating scheme:
    -a "4" is 80% of games and programs working
    -a "5" is 90%+ with at least 80% of the speed

    If Linux could get full gaming support (at full or near full speeds) I'd be switching soon. I hope DX10 support is on the list and support begins to accelerate for all Windows software.

    Unfortunately, to get any significant amount of people to drop Windows support is going to have to be very, very good.

  135. 5 out of 5 stars
    orizng

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 2, 2007)

    yes and no, at least I know heroes of might and magic 3, diablo 2 works perfect with wine

  136. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 2, 2007)

    will games run under this to?

  137. 5 out of 5 stars
    LeXTeRiTY_X

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 1, 2007)

    More Windows applications work.

    Getting better...

  138. 5 out of 5 stars
    Diam0nd

    Reviewing 0.9.38 (Jun 1, 2007)

    Good stuff.

  139. 3 out of 5 stars
    smarterthanyou

    Reviewing 0.9.37 (May 14, 2007)

    Wine is a good start to providing a way to run Windows programs under Linux, but at the moment there are better solutions available such as KVM.

  140. 5 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 0.9.35 (Apr 13, 2007)

    As the previous commenter noted, if you're switching, dual-booting, or just evaluating a Linux distro, run Wine and test your must-have software on it. It really works, and that is all that counts.

  141. 5 out of 5 stars
    Program86

    Reviewing 0.9.33 (Mar 19, 2007)

    Awsome!

    Since the severe backlash of Vista, and peoples new affinity to switch to OSX or Linux, this program is fantastic. Since its still in "prerelease" developement it still has some compatibility to work out but so far it is a great program that keeps getting better and better.

    Keep up the great work! *nix forever.

  142. 5 out of 5 stars
    LeXTeRiTY_X

    Reviewing 0.9.33 (Mar 19, 2007)

    I would have given it a 4 but since many flash-based apps (Kool-moves, swishmax, *jester) work flawlessly on this system, I'll give it a 5.

  143. 5 out of 5 stars
    Noremacam

    Reviewing 0.9.33 (Mar 18, 2007)

    3D support has gotten massively better in the last few releases; this version worked "out of the box" for world of warcraft.

  144. 5 out of 5 stars
    Diam0nd

    Reviewing 0.9.33 (Mar 18, 2007)

    Good effort.

  145. 3 out of 5 stars
    ghammer

    Reviewing 0.9.33 (Mar 17, 2007)

    Well, I didn't give it a 1 or 2. But I can't see more than a 3. This runs some Windows apps under Linux. Emphasis on 'some'. Very few work 100%.

    I'd love to ditch Windows if there were suitable apps or if my 'must-have' programs would run under Linux. There aren't any and they don't.

    So, I give Wine a 3 for running Windows apps at all.

    Emulating Win98 just doesn't cut it.
    I'll be happy to see how ReactOS comes along in another year.

  146. 5 out of 5 stars
    Richardky

    Reviewing 0.9.33 (Mar 17, 2007)

    good stuff and it getting better and better !

  147. 5 out of 5 stars
    horsecharles

    Reviewing 0.9.33 (Mar 17, 2007)

    Agree with Z.

    btw a trio of malcontents(all/each giving 1 or 2 rating) just struck: when starting review, overall rating was at 4.9 / 83 votes...then i added mine(84th), now @ 4.8 / 87 votes...

  148. 5 out of 5 stars
    zridling

    Reviewing 0.9.30 (Jan 25, 2007)

    This program really doesn't register its impression until you use it, and then you go "OMG, I could have been using Linux for years!"

  149. 5 out of 5 stars
    yagood

    Reviewing 0.9.29 (Jan 10, 2007)

    Works great, very active development - one of the best open-source projects out there!

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