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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And now, as we are getting near to the point for their work becomes irrelevant, if its not already, they decide Wine is at beta level. This should serve as a lesson for all of us on what on not to do in software development: minimize copying and maximize new work...

Wow...this shows a complete lack of understanding anything. The problem with Linux is NOT that we need Win32 compatability. The problem is convincing people they don't have to break compatability with their old software to move over. It doesn't matter if Windows Vista comes out tomorrow.

The strenght of wine is that now when you tell a business to come over to linux, we can run some of their old software until they build/buy a new native linux tools while dropping MS. I mean if you had any idea how massive the Win32 api really is you wouldn't be talking. Add in years of fixing broken functions while hacking in workaround for specific apps who are EXPECTING the broken functionality even after it's fixed and you have a really big project. Seriously, if you're not a programmer don't talk about development you sound like an idiot.

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