Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th May 2009 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Many Linux users have experience with Wine, the application compatibility layer which allows some Windows programs to run on UNIX-like machines. During Ubuntu's Open Week event, Mark Shuttleworth was asked about Wine, and how important he believes it is for the success of Ubuntu.
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Wine and the Killer App
by Drumhellar on Tue 5th May 2009 22:29 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

The only time I messed with Wine was probably '97 or '98. It was to run the Rhino3d program my Red Hat box. It installed easily and ran quite well.
Of course, Rhino hadn't yet been using OpenGL, so I don't know if that would have worked. It wasn't quite as stable as when running it on '95 or NT4, but Linux was my new toy at the time, as was 3D modeling, so from that perspective they were perfectly matched.

I still run Windows on my main desktop, but I'm not really attached to any specific apps, and most are easily replaceable, so I wouldn't have much need for Wine. If I had a Linux desk and wanted to play some games, I'd just dual-boot windows for that.

I think the main usefulness of Wine is porting Windows apps to Linux. I'm trying to think of an app that was ported in such a way that had some measure of success, but I'm drawing a blank. Corel used Wine to port their desktop software, but they didn't have much success with those products.

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RE: Wine and the Killer App
by aitvo on Tue 5th May 2009 22:59 in reply to "Wine and the Killer App"
aitvo Member since:
2006-09-03

Picasa, Google Earth.

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Tomasz Dominikowski Member since:
2005-08-08

It is true that Picasa uses Wine, but Google Earth uses Qt, doesn't it?

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RE[2]: Wine and the Killer App
by spikeb on Wed 6th May 2009 03:33 in reply to "RE: Wine and the Killer App"
spikeb Member since:
2006-01-18

picasa for linux _sucked_ last time i used it

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RE: Wine and the Killer App
by kaiwai on Wed 6th May 2009 00:44 in reply to "Wine and the Killer App"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I think the main usefulness of Wine is porting Windows apps to Linux. I'm trying to think of an app that was ported in such a way that had some measure of success, but I'm drawing a blank. Corel used Wine to port their desktop software, but they didn't have much success with those products.


I had Corel Wordperfect Suite, Corel Graphics Suite and Corel Linux OS. The problem with the two pieces of software that used wine was their insistence of using something that was heavily in alpha state. If they really wanted to bring their software to Linux they could have easily obtained licensed a copy of Mainsoft ( http://mainsoft.com/products/mainwin.aspx ) which Microsoft themselves used to port IE and Outlook Express to Solaris SPARC (the pricing is a little steep but I'm sure Mainsoft would have been happy to negotiate).

I wouldn't compare the wine of today to the state it was in 9 years ago - the two are completely different beasts.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

My understanding is that Cedega is based on Wine though it's commercial success in supporting Windows games may be somewhat subjective.

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