WINE Wine Is Not an Emulator on mac osx?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by abdul, Aug 12, 2003.

  1. abdul macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2003
    East Midlands, UK
    WINe is a program which allows you to run windows programes. on it web site it says it can be downloaded for linux and unix. i really dnt want ot run an emulator within an emulator (x11) and i remeber reading somewhere that is has also be adapted for mac os x. is that true and if so where do i find it to download.

    also how good is WINE?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Re: WINE Wine Is Not an Emulator on mac osx?

    WINE is indeed not an emulator, but an implementation of the Windows API. What it is not is a virtual machine. So it would not enable you to run x86 code (i.e. almost all pre-compiled windows programs) on a PPC chip (your Mac). Please search the archives: people ask this every so often.

    What it would enable you to do is to run some open-source Windows specific programs by compiling WINE on your Mac and then compiling the open source code on your Mac. This results a PPC compiled WINE and a PPC compiled Windows App.
  3. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    WINE uses x86 assembly code. The only open source emulator for x86 on PPC is bochs.

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