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 juraj on Wed 6th May 2009 10:25 UTC
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I use Wine for proprietary HW configuration programs (such as GSM gateways), I use it to run UltraVNC client (because of some features normal VNC client does not have, esp. if talking to UltraVNC server -- like file transfer or reverse connection).

I saw a friend using it to play music using Foobar.

And we have a customer, who rents an application (of course legally) over the internet and they thought, that paying Windows server license, Windows CAL and Terminal Server License simply does not fit the budget, so they invested in testing the application and they got a working solution, that even handles more connections per machine and costs fraction of the price without any noticable penalty to the end user. I must say at this point, that this needed a bit of tuning, esp. of VNC Server, which had some problem working with Wine (related to bitmaps). If you see a problem with icons not showing for many users, try using Fedora's patched Xvnc.

And actually I think it's pretty stable these days, never had any single problem with it.

I believe this project is great and certainly has place in the world. And I'm not opposing the idea, that we should focus on open applications and yes, running Photoshop in Wine is not cool anymore. If you
care, try Gimp, if you are a pro, try Pixel (

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