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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The .net Runtime Environment is already being done mostly by Mono. It's a LOT easier to reimplement as it's published. And a lot of .Net applications run a lot better than some of the best running Wine programs (not really Wine programs, but I don't know what to call them).

I think you will see a lot of applications move over the WPF and .Net much faster than you've seen them move from DOS to GDI. It's a lot easier transition.

And, AFAIK, you only get access to WPF within .Net. Of course, there will probably be a horrible 15 year long stream of half-breed programs which will need some evil coersion via Wine+Mono to get them to do anything.

I think the Wine project is fast becoming irrelevant. The Linux/BSD platform is getting large enough to attract a few applications, and with Mono/.Net the costs of starting cross platform are lower. That doesn't mean every program is ever going to run, or even 5 will do it "overnight" but it means that there's less need everyday for Windows to get different kinds of work done.

The front page of OSNews was just splattered with something about a standalone database app in OOo for example. I'm sure it will be more pathetic than Access is, but nonetheless it will help a percentage of people out if they choose to leave the Wintel platform behind.

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