Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 10:50 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Google Google and CodeWeavers are working together to bring Google's popular Windows Picasa photo editing and sharing program to Linux. The program is now in a limited beta test. If this program is successful, other Google applications will be following it to the Linux desktop, sources say. The Linux Picasa implementation includes the full feature set of the Windows Picasa 2.x software. It is not, strictly speaking, a port of Picasa to Linux. Instead, Linux Picasa combines Windows Picasa code and Wine technology to run Windows Picasa on Linux. This, however, will be transparent to Linux users, when they download, install, and run the free program on their systems.
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This is far beyond "wine bla.exe"
by Ford Prefect on Tue 14th Feb 2006 13:07 UTC
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You should notice that there is something called winelib which gives you the opportunity to write/compile native code. It's just like if Wine would be a toolkit (alike QT or WxWidgets) and the program is abstracted of underlying layers and only use toolkit functions. This goes beyond drawn Widgets deep into primitives.

Yet, it is still a native program, perhaps with statically linked winelib, but could also be linked dynamically, like any other used toolkit libs.

This should result in a much more clean, stable and efficient run than issueing wine with an executable file!

Still it is not very userfriendly because the application will still behaviour "strangely" (read: different) in the world of Gnome, KDE, or others.

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