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 Darkelve on Wed 6th May 2009 07:12 UTC
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Well, to tell you the truth, *mostly* for games. And while this is pretty much hit-and-miss, there is no real substitution... I *can* run those in Windows, but
a) I actually have to have Windows installed
b) I've become so comfy using my KDE4 desktop that I prefer being in Linux and now I have to reboot everytime I want to play that game

Further yes, it does not run everything, but even a few of the things it does run make a world of difference. For example with some effort (and with Crossover Games, Cedega or PlayOnLinux: a little effort) I can play games like Prince of Persia 1, 2, 3 and PoP 2008/PC (the celshaded one) and e.g. Dreamfall, Oblivion, ... .

Even if the quality of these (well, Dreamfall quality is at 100% in Linux) is suboptimal compared to Windows, you just *cannot find* comparable games like that for Linux.

Also about stability I would like to add that, some games like to 'freeze' my Windows PC but on Linux&Wine they do not... plus often with Wine I can opt for (force) Windowed mode when in Windows this is simply impossible.

One thing I also did recently, was to rip a DVD to hard disk so I could actually watch it in Linux (Mplayer and VLC had trouble reading the disk). Disk legally owned mind you... funny fact: if I would have just downloaded it from bittorrent site instead of purchasing, it would have saved me the hassle of doing this.

Wine is useful for productivity applications too, but if you use a whole 'set' of these (e.g. my work: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Html-kit, After Effects, ...) they're not likely to work (well) together and it's easier to switch to Windows then. That said, thanks to Wine, Picasa 3.0 runs great on my Aspire One, definitely an application that is tremendously useful on this machine.

So yeah Wine is important. Not "I'm going to conquer the world with it" important, but important enough to fill a need.

Edited 2009-05-06 07:15 UTC

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