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

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


What has Cedega have to do with the discussion? Do you even known what Mainsoft actually is? you do realise that Mainsoft is based on code which they have licensed from Microsoft themselves - so it isn't a set of libraries created through reverse engineering but instead an a recreation of parts of win32 on UNIX based upon the actual Windows code itself.

Edited 2009-05-06 19:47 UTC

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