Derek Broughton derek at
Tue Apr 7 01:53:45 UTC 2009

NoOp wrote:

> As Wine's 
> name says: "Wine Is Not an Emulator": Wine does not emulate the Intel
> x86 processor.

Of course it doesn't emulate an Intel x86 processor - it's _running_ on an
x86 processor (usually - I presume it runs on 64-bit architectures too). 
It _emulates_ Windows.  Emulation has never been considered exclusively
_hardware_ emulation, except perhaps by Wine devs who've got far too much
invested in the acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator".

It takes code written to one in one environment and makes it work in a
different environment (usually!), which is called "software emulation". 
The previous poster suggested that's exactly like running the same python
code in either Windows or Linux - no, because that code was written to run
in a _Python_ environment.  Just like Java provides its own environment.

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