Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Aug 2008 17:53 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Bordeaux is a commercial User Interface to the Wine software that allows Linux systems to run Windows software. The Bordeaux Technology Group distributes this software and provides professional support to companies and individuals running Windows apps on Linux (and soon FreeBSD). I interviewed Tom Wickline to get some details and find out what they're up to now.
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Comment by Extreme Coder
by Extreme Coder on Thu 28th Aug 2008 18:37 UTC
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Looks like a competitor to CodeWeaver's Crossover products. Both are based on Wine, I think, and provide a nice GUI to install software from.

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RE: Comment by Extreme Coder
by irbis on Thu 28th Aug 2008 19:59 UTC in reply to "Comment by Extreme Coder"
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There's also PlayOnLinux: and WineDoors: - both costing nothing.

Although PlayOnLinux markets itself mostly as a gaming solution, I find it quite usable (more than than vanilla Wine) for running any other kinds of Windows apps on Linux too (only tested rather little for fun though).

I wonder how they all compare to each other in features, stability and usability? Anybody have more experience?

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RE[2]: Comment by Extreme Coder
by Extreme Coder on Thu 28th Aug 2008 20:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Extreme Coder"
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Well, I didn't try Wine-Doors (yet, I will try it when I have some free time). I tried PlayOnLinux a few weeks ago for fun, and although it did look nice and has potential, most of the scripts are french, or poorly designed(because of them being community mantained I think). With some work on the quality of scripts, I think it would be really great. For now, I'm sticking to Cedega, the only thing on Linux so far that can run games on my ATI card.
That is because 90% of 3D games that should run on Wine don't run on ATi cards.(The problem is with a new patch sometime before the 1.0 release) but Cedega, having merged from an old version of Wine, doesn't have that patch, meaning I can still run some games on Linux.
Wierdly enough, PlayOnLinux's interface looks similar to Cedega's..

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OpenSolaris Support
by chekr on Fri 29th Aug 2008 07:04 UTC
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+1 for OpenSolaris support!

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Like the business model
by SReilly on Fri 29th Aug 2008 08:47 UTC
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The ides that you can use an open source back-end with a closed source front-end is a very interesting, but not always viable, option for making money with open source code so I hope it works out for Bordeaux.

Unfortunately, many of the business ventures I've seen who do this don't give as much back as they could. For instance, Trend Micro's Internet Mail Security Suite running on Linux relies heavily on PostgreSQL, though I've never heard of them ever giving anything back to the PostgreSQL project.

Another such product is VMWare's ESX server line. Really grate bare metal virtualization solutions but then there was all that fuss kicked up about them not giving back any changes they had made to the underlying Linux based GPL stack.

Thankfully, Bordeaux sounds like it's taking it's roots very seriously and using the closed source income to help at least partially finance the code they are letting filter back up-stream.

Hope it works out for you guys. I'm certainly going to buy a license.

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