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 is useful as a transition
by Craig on Wed 6th May 2009 00:05 UTC
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I got sick of every version of Windows requiring new hardware and the virus scanner consuming way too many resources, so I switched to Linux to make good use of an older laptop.

Wine just allows me to run apps like Quicken that I haven't gotten around to replacing with the FOSS equivalents... and it does a reasonable job.

I would expect the same for companies - those that want a supported platform on existing hardware, to run office or web apps... Linux might meet 95% of their needs. But all companies have in house or line of business apps that can't be replaced immediately so Wine might be an appropriate alternative.

(It's as much a potential solution as Windows in a VM or a terminal server... except you wouldn't be paying MS, but perhaps you would pay CodeWeavers)

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