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.
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Have you all used it?
by alcibiades on Sat 22nd Oct 2005 11:58 UTC
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I've been using Wine and/or Crossover for a couple of years. I've managed to get Wine installed, but it didn't run anything reliably enough to be a real way of using an app you cared about. On some systems, when I installed it, it wouldn't run properly at all, and I could never get to understand why.

Crossover always installed, and always ran, but the range of apps it supports is rather limited (understandably). Its not till you use them in detail that you see this, though. Its like, you install Filemaker, and everything seems fine, until you discover one of the parts - think it was to do with field creation display - doesn't work right. But if it is a real alternative, it all has to just work. By comparison, Virtual PC did do everything, but it's so expensive, you're better off just getting a cheap Windows box. If you think about it, XP OEM is now not much more expensive than Crossover.

My bottom line in the end was get a KVM and a usb stick for file transfer. It just works.

Wish them well though, and I'll give Wine another try as soon as they pronounce it beta ready.

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