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Stands for "Wine is not an Emulator". Aren't they clever? WinE maps Win32 calls to Unix/X calls, and lets you run Windows executables unmodified on Linux. Sort of. I say "sort of" because it doesn't always work very well, or at all. But it does sometimes work, and several companies have started working on it to make specialised versions of it, like WineX.

It'd be nicer if it worked better, but I imagine it's no easy task, implementing all of the Win32 API in Unix/X. Apparently, there's a "one-dot-oh" release coming, "Real Soon Now (tm)" but that's been apparent for a while now...