Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 22nd Oct 2005 03:07 UTC, submitted by carbon-12
Windows After roughly 12 years of work, the Wine Project is about to take its widely used Windows translation layer to a place it has not been in all that time: beta. Wine Project leader Alexandre Julliard, who has worked on the software nearly since its beginning in 1993 and maintained it since 1994, said in an interview yesterday that the beta release is "a matter of days away." He has since updated that forecast and said it would be released on Tuesday, October 25th.
Thread beginning with comment 49613
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Wine 1.0 in 2011
by on Sat 22nd Oct 2005 08:07 UTC

Member since:

Great news. I expect to see Wine 1.0 sometime around 2011. In the meantime, the maintainer's employer - Crossover - will have released 8 or 9 more versions of their commercial release.

Just being open isn't good enough if you expect the community to take you seriously. You actually have to make stable releases. So far the only stable releases have been via Crossover Office, admittedly a fine product, but a commercial product for paid customers only. The community has been left with no stabilization and only raw snapshots. That leaves us with a body of raw LGPL code that meets the definitions for both Free Software and Open Source but still manages to leave most users empty handed. "Stable code for paying customers" and "barely usable unstable code for the community" is not an acceptable business model. Lack of visible results also seriously harms developer interest, making development even slower. Solution: the project has to start making some goddamned releases, just like all viable projects have to make some goddamned releases.

The glacial pace toward 1.0 so far gives me no reason to believe that the "beta" label means anything meaningful, other than that we have another 5 or 6 years to wait before stable code emerges. But I guess we'll see.

Reply Score: 0