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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by segedunum on Sat 22nd Oct 2005 17:25 UTC
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Well, I never thought WINE would get to that stage. Well done guys - you all have the patience of a saint.

People may laugh, but despite Microsoft pushing .Net (hopelessly in many cases, and .Net relies on Win32 in any case) the usage of the Win32 API is going to be around for a long time to come. There are a lot of systems out there that will continue to use it for ages, and when they stop or re-write their systems they'll probably just move to another platform. Having an open source Win32 layer will help immensely (and yes, Wine is not an emulator!). Remember all of those twenty year old mainframe applications people didn't think would exist now? They do, and that's the situation Microsoft is in now.

It is going to be really interesting, and potentially funny, to see just how backwards compatible Vista will be with existing applications. There is a lot of what Microsoft considers to be old technology that they want to get rid of starting with Vista, for various reasons (DRM, making more money, DRM and making more money).

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