In Praise of The Wine
OK… Here is the situation: You’ve got some unconventional/incomparable windows application and that’s why you are still a Windows user and you don’t trust any of these emulators especially this thing called Wine. Well, first of all Wine Is Not an Emulator. second, I’m pleased to inform you that it’s very probable that your unusual windows application will run in Linux, probably much better than the way it’s running in Windows.
I’m saying this because in the past three months I’ve been throwing every wacky windows applications at Wine; from this guitar effect processing software to some flash/active-x learning apps that come with books and all of them work smoothly under Wine right out of the box. It’s not a surprise especially considering the fact that Wine has been under development for something like fifteen years and has reached an unprecedented maturity. The Wine AppDB and Wiki has become a second-to-none documentation for those seeking to get the best out of their windows applications under Wine.
So I feel like I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Wine developers and the surrounding community which have made it easier for us to convert to marvels of GNU/Linux.