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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by kaiwai on Wed 6th May 2009 00:54 UTC
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What I am waiting for within wine is USB support which many pieces of software, like iTunes rely on; along with many other pieces of software which make life easier for end users. With that being said, however, the bigger thing I'd like to see is the Windows user space driver kit which was made available in Windows Media Player 11.

As for wine itself; many of us like using applications from the Windows world - which is the one thing that held me back from going to an opensource desktop and choosing a Mac instead. For example, I like Microsoft Office - its one of Microsoft's good pieces of software, I like being able to have easy to use applications iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, and so forth; all of which are lacking from the opensource desktop.

Until a crazy millionaire comes along, hires 10,000 programmers and decides to create clones of all the big ticket applications and games in the Windows world - for the opensource desktop; most people out there are going to be reliant on wine or virtualisation technology.

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