Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 29th Oct 2001 17:25 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews WINE is definetely not an emulator. Neither a runtime. Wine is an implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs on top of X and Unix featuring a Windows compatibility layer. Wine provides both a development toolkit (Winelib) for porting Windows sources to Unix and a program loader, allowing unmodified Windows 3.1/95/NT binaries to run under Intel Unixes (some screenshots here). Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely alternative implementation consisting of 100% open source Microsoft-free code, but it can optionally use native system DLLs if they are available. WINE's project leader and CodeWeavers' software engineer (a company which sells a modified WINE version), Alexandre Julliard, answers a series of questions to OSNews regarding the project and its future.
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Entrance Vector
by JMP on Wed 31st Oct 2001 17:39 UTC

Why WINE? It is an entrance vector to move Win users into Linux. Until Linux elitists understand that this is an important avenue of growth, Linux will remain an 'also ran' and always be marginalized on the desktop. In other words, the goal is to gain the upper hand and take a chunk out of MS business. You can't do that unless you take MS users. MS tactics will not drive a significant number of the disinfranchised into Linux, OS X, or any other OS. Making the OS insignificant is the only way. If a user can run his/her favorite store bought apps and games on a choice of OS's, then, and only then, will Linux become viable for the average computer user, and only when the AVERAGE computer user is captured will it matter. WINE is a vector towards capturing those users.