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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WINE is an implementation of the Windows API on Linux. That API is a fully disclosed spec because third parties need it in order to write programs in order to run their apps on Windows. So, reverse engineering isn't an issue here from what I can tell.

As to legalities, if Microsoft were to ever go after Wine/Codeweavers, Wine/Codeweavers could easily take Microsoft to court for violation of the Sherman Antitrust act concerning "tying" (i.e. you must only use Windows OS in order to run Windows programs). But I'm no lawyer...just repeating what I read in an interview with Codeweaver's CEO.

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