Sometimes Wine Relaxes Linux, Sometimes It Just Causes Headaches
A little Wine with your Linux computing session can keep you using your favorite Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows programs.
What is Wine? Wine is a compatibility layer that's sometimes referred to as an emulator, though it's not "that kind" of emulator, according to the project's wiki. Wine doesn't do any CPU emulation, hence the acronym "Wine Is Not an Emulator."
However, it will let you run Windows programs from your Linux OS.
This Linux app has a troubled reputation among hard-core Linux fans. Some argue that at best using Wine as a work-around muddies the complete adoption of the Linux desktop environment. Others justify the use of Wine as being just another open source solution for adopting Linux when some Windows programs cannot be left behind.