Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of Linux and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based UNIXs, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.
* Wine makes it possible to take advantage of all the Unix strong points (stability, flexibility, remote administration) while still using the Windows applications you depend on.
* Unix has always made it possible to write powerful scripts. Wine makes it possible to call Windows applications from scripts that can also leverage the Unix environment to its full extent.
* Wine makes it possible to access Windows applications remotely, even if they are a few thousand miles away.
* Wine makes it economical to use thin clients: simply install Wine on a Linux server, and voila, you can access these Windows applications from any X terminal.
* Wine can also be used to make existing Windows applications available on the Web by using VNC and its Java client.
* Wine is Open Source Software, so you can extend it to suit your needs or have one of many companies do it for you.
To install Wine from the source, make sure you first uninstall any previous version you have on your system. After downloading the source codes, extract and compile.
Updated October 26, 2007
$ tar -zxvf wine-xxx.tar.bz2
$ cd wine-xxx
$ make depend
$ make install
On Ubuntu 7.10 its present in the repository so do sudo apt-get install wine. You’ll find it on Applications >> Wine.
If you don’t have it in your repositories then do
$ sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine
How to install Dreamweaver MX on Wine
At prompt type or paste
$ cd /cdrom
$ cd fscommand (or which folder your Dreamweaver EXEs are in)
$ wine dreamweaver.exe
IMPORTANT – Untick/Uncheck for both Dreamweaver all the associated files types, don’t worry you still can use these programs to open supported file types.)
When you have finished installing the program you can create a desktop icon/link by right clicking the desktop, and left clicking “Create Launcher.” In the command field enter the below code changing out your home folder name “yournamehere.”
env WINEPREFIX=”/home/yournamehere/.wine” wine “C:\Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 8\dreamweaver.exe”
You can also use Wine to install other programs like Google 3D Sketchup. Google is part of the Wine Project
Note: Wine is constantly upgraded, at least twice a month, if you use it, then do well to control at their site for major upgrades, releases and bugs