It took fifteen years of development, but the open source application Wine finally released its first stable version Tuesday.
Wine 1.0 allows you to run Windows “.exe” programs on Linux or Mac OS operating systems. Unlike emulators like VMWare or Parallels that allow you to run Windows on other OS’, it is unnecessary to own a copy of the operating system to run apps through Wine. The application bypasses the OS and simulates the Windows system libraries instead.
Wine doesn’t support every Windows application — the list of supported programs are mostly video games. However, even if your favorite program isn’t included on the supported list, there’s still a chance Wine can handle it.
In fact, when I tried to get Windows Media Player running using Wine on Ubuntu, I got an error message saying the player couldn’t verify my copy of Windows was valid. Seems like it works just fine to me.