Wine vs elementary OS: What are the differences?
Wine: A compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems. It is a free and open-source compatibility layer that aims to allow computer programs developed for Microsoft Windows to run on Unix-like operating systems. Wine also provides a software library, known as Winelib, against which developers can compile Windows applications to help port them to Unix-like systems; elementary OS: A privacy-respecting replacement for Windows and macOS. It is the flagship distribution to showcase the Pantheon desktop environment. The distribution promotes itself as a “fast, open, and privacy-respecting” replacement to macOS and Windows.
Wine belongs to "Application Streaming" category of the tech stack, while elementary OS can be primarily classified under "Operating Systems".
Some of the features offered by Wine are:
- X11-based graphics allows remote display to any X terminal
- MacOS and Android based graphics support
- X11, TrueType (.ttf/.ttc) and Windows Bitmap (.fon) Fonts
On the other hand, elementary OS provides the following key features:
- Visual Changes in Desktop elements
Wine and elementary OS are both open source tools. It seems that Wine with 985 GitHub stars and 538 forks on GitHub has more adoption than elementary OS with 921 GitHub stars and 540 GitHub forks.