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  1. #1
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    Question Wine

    I'm currently running Jaunty on my laptop. The primary reason why I preferred Ubuntu on my laptop is its resistance to viruses; and the secondary reason is its usability and "freeness".

    Unfortunately, I need to install Picasa for Linux. With this, it installs Wine automatically in order to run the application.

    My question is: If I install Wine, will my system be vulnerable to viruses and other nasty things that Windows is known for?

    Need a straight and honest opinion. Thanks.

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    Re: Wine

    No it won't. The reason Linux is not vulnerable to viruses is the whole permission thing : You can't really write outside your home directory without expressed permission. That should be safe for you.

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    Re: Wine

    Quote Originally Posted by nengracia View Post
    My question is: If I install Wine, will my system be vulnerable to viruses and other nasty things that Windows is known for?
    If you deliberately install a virus with Wine you may, in principle, corrupt your pretend Windows environment that's stored at ~/.wine. It won't permanently affect anything else, and simply deleting that folder will cause a new pretend Windows environment to be created.

    It's an old experiment, but someone did try to see if they could get Windows viruses to run in Wine. Here's the article.
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