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What is the most simple explanation for the fact that Windows applications are not Linux-compatible?

What is the most simple explanation for the fact that Windows applications are not Linux-compatible?

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Guest [Entry]

"You could use the ""human language"" as an analogy.

Windows programs talk to Windows OS using the Windows API, the API is like a language.

Linux programs talk to the Linux OS using another language, the Linux API. Linux doesn't ""speak"" Windows API, Windows doesn't ""speak"" Linux API.

There are ways to make Linux understand Windows API, like installing Wine as a translator."
Guest [Entry]

"Well, first of all, there's Wine.

Second, it's (put simply) because the applications use system functions, and each system is different, so they're not compatible."