in 1993, Wine is an open source project. The project is developed and
maintained by the community under the coordination of Alexandre
The already popular app is compatibility layer between
Windows programs and the operating system. It converts Windows API calls
to POSIX calls, thus allowing integration of Windows applications to
POSIX-compliant OS (Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and BSD). Rather than an
emulator or virtual machine, it is a reimplementation of Win32 API.
app basically supports Windows XP, but support for newer versions of
Windows is actively included in its new releases. Wine supports 32-bit
architecture; support for 64-bit architecture is still under
development. It allows you to run programs like MS Office, Windows Media
Player, Adobe Photoshop, Max Payne, and several other games and
is the commercialized and supported version of Wine for Linux and Mac
OS X. The proprietary software comes with out-of-the-box support for
many commercial Windows applications like MS Office, MS Outlook, MS .NET
Framework, Adobe Lightroom, DirectX, etc.
You can also play
games like Counter Strike, Diablo, StartCraft, Half Life, World of
Warcraft via this. Though Wine is a free alternative, CrossOver,
provided by CodeWeavers, is a better choice for professionals and
organizations who want to run particular software on Linux or Mac OS X.
Wine and CrossOver both provide support for a lot of applications with
Wine, you are required to customize settings for the particular app, and
for CrossOver you have to fork out money for it. PlayOnLinux is a nice
alternative for both.
PlayOnLinux is a graphical front-end for
Wine compatibility layer. It simplifies the installation of Windows apps
and especially games on GNU/Linux by auto-configuring Wine. It provides
wrapper shell scripts to specify the configuration of Wine for any
particular software. It also uses an online database of scripts to apply
for different programs, and a manual installation can be performed if
the script is not available.
is an app packager, which means it packages Windows-based applications
into Mac app-bundles. The name suggests that it is connected to Wine,
which is basically how you can run Windows programs with it on your Mac.
To use it, install it. That’s it.
Click the Install button in
WineBottler and it will take care of the rest. It comes with handy
scripts that take care of downloading, installing, and configuring an
application for you. WineBottler can pack your Windows .exe software
into Mac .app package and convert .exe or .msi into an app. It even
provides options to install special dependencies.
PlayOnLinux, PlayOnMac is a graphical software built on top of Wine. It
aims to ease the installation of Windows programs and games on Mac OS.
can use PlayOnMac to easily install many apps and games on Mac OS,
without the need of making changes to Wine’s configuration for that
particular program. PlayOnMac takes care of Wine’s settings so that you
don’t have to configure them manually, and you can enjoy using the
software or game.
is a QT4 graphical user interface for the Wine compatibility layer.
It’s available for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD. It helps you to manage Wine
prefixes and installed applications in an easy-to-use graphical
Q4Wine lets you easily handle tasks for creating and
managing Wine prefixes, controlling Wine processes, making backup of
prefixes, and many more tasks that would otherwise not be as easy to
which also uses Wine to run Windows applications, is a porting tool. It
allows you to port Windows applications in Mac application bundle
wrappers, which can then run on Mac OS X and even shared with other Mac
users. It works with Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.
uses a customized version of X Window System, known as WineskinX11, to
provide the graphical user interface for Windows programs on the Mac OS
X. Once you have created a Mac application bundle of any Windows
program, you can easily run it on your Mac OS X just like any other
native software. For more info, check out the documentation.
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