Cedega is a commercial spinoff of Wine made by a company called TransGaming designed to allow you to play Windows games using Linux. It uses a mapping of DirectX calls to native OpenGL ones to provide a fast rendering environment. There are a few games that do work correctly, but a larger number which do not.

It was previously known as WineX, until version 4.0 (in June 2004).

There is some controversy about the terms of the Cedega license; the code was forked from Wine when the software was BSD licensed, and to get it you either have to pay, or download a free version of the source from CVS. TransGaming are unhappy about people making the software available.

"Note that while this license does permit certain kinds of non-commercial distribution of pre-compiled binary packages of Cedega, doing so on a large scale is discouraged, as it affects TransGaming's ability to continue to improve and develop the code. TransGaming reserves the right to change the license under which TransGaming-owned copyright code is made available, and will not hesitate to do so if non-commercial distribution of pre-compiled binary packages adversely affects the financing of continued development."


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