Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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RE[6]: OMG that looks GOOD!
by ndrw on Sat 19th Jun 2010 14:43 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: OMG that looks GOOD!"
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I don't mean anything negative with butting in the conversation

Sorry about that. You're more than welcome to join the discussion.


So, number 1 doesn't apply to WINE.

I think you're narrowing the definition a bit too much. Look:

emulate
2 entries found.

1. emulate (transitive verb)
2. emulate (adjective)

Main Entry: 1em·u·late
Pronunciation: \ˈem-yə-ˌlāt, -yü-\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): em·u·lat·ed; em·u·lat·ing
Etymology: Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari, from aemulus rivaling
Date: 1582

1 a : to strive to equal or excel b : imitate; especially : to imitate by means of an emulator
2 : to equal or approach equality with


And since WINE does not indeed allow you to run x86 applications under non-x86 compatible hardware number 2 doesn't apply either.

Definition says nothing about the CPU type or the implementation.

Yes, internally WINE is just an independent implementation of Windows API. But, aren't VMWare or Bochs just software implementations of the x86 hardware interface? Isn't VMWare limited to x86?


Like f.ex. Mono isn't emulating .NET neither does WINE emulate WIN32, they're just new implementations of the same old thing.

Very interesting point. I would say that Mono isn't emulating .NET the specification but it is emulating .NET the implementation. In the end it's pretty fluid, depending which of these really defines the platform.

Finally, let's not be so fussy about a name. I've seen names like "Windows" or "Apache" applied to software products. ;-)

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