[Wine] wine vs virtualbox

Gert van den Berg wine-users at mohag.net
Wed Jun 30 08:55:38 CDT 2010

On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 15:08, peter4444 <wineforum-user at winehq.org> wrote:
> what is the difference between wine and a virtualisation like virtualbox?
Wine runs (some) Windows applications under Linux / other Unix-like
OSes... Virtualbox runs operating systems...

If the application runs, Wine is usually much quicker. Wine might also
support 3D acceleration in cases where virtualization won't. (This is
getting less of a problem...)

(Wine emulates a Windows environment, Virtualbox emulates a computer)
> what are advantages and disadvantages compared to each other?

Virtualbox requires a Windows license, but more applications work
(since they are running on actual Windows). It also uses more memory
(unless you hit a memory leak in Wine....) eand tend to run somewhat
slower (since you are running an entire operating system...)

VMs also tend to have timing issues...


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