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    If you have windows on your pc along with linux and you are running linux using wine, will windows programs work better?

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    From my experience, no. WINE is reverse-engineered, so it won't be as 'good' as Windows is as far as running programs written for Win. I've not used it in some time, though, and it could've gotten better since then. The best thing for you to do, however, is test it yourself. Your mileage may vary with different programs and tweakings.
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    In "theory" it shouldn't make a difference, but theory is different than real life
    Wine is a translation layer (a program loader) capable of running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems. Windows programs running in Wine act as native programs would, running without the performance or memory usage penalties of an emulator, with a similar look and feel to other applications on your desktop.
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    There are only two instances I can think of that would be contrary. The Half-Life online shooter "Team Fortess" under Linux using Winex (Cedega) runs better for me than under Windows. Also running Windows 98 with Win4Lin is far more stable in my experience than running Windows natively. I've yet to try the new Win4lin for XP though. The only thing I've found Win4Lin won't run perfectly are video games requiring DirectX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vergil83
    In "theory" it shouldn't make a difference, but theory is different than real life
    Wine is a translation layer (a program loader) capable of running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems. Windows programs running in Wine act as native programs would, running without the performance or memory usage penalties of an emulator, with a similar look and feel to other applications on your desktop.
    http://www.winehq.com/site/about
    Yeah...that's a good point. In theory, though, I would think that there is at least a small amount of performance hit. This adds a non-transparent layer to the running of the program, so it has to decrease the performance at least a little.
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    A lot of programs runs even better under wine than under real Windows though, DX-Ball2 and GTA 1 for example...

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