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As most of us know, Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL and Unix. Wine is a Microsoft Windows Emulator for Linux which acts as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs on Linux thereby eliminating the need for Windows and allows users to run Windows based applications on Linux. Wine is completely comprises of 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 Unix, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OSX, Sun Solaris and other UNIX versions.

To install the Wine on OpenSuse 10.3

Add Wine Repositories for OpenSuse 10.3

OpenSuse:/ # zypper sa http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_10.3/ “Wine Repository”

Install Wine

OpenSuse:/ # yast2 –install wine

Install CabExtract

Cab Extract is a free opensource software to extract Microsoft cab files from installers. This should be installed by default. If so, yast2 will report it to be already installed

OpenSuse:/ # yast2 –install cabextract

To verify installation,

OpenSuse:/ # rpm -qa wine cabextract

wine-0.9.62_aka_1.0.rc1-3.1

cabextract-1.2-57

Now, you are ready to install Windows applications on your OpenSuse 10.3