Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Windows apps on Linux: the real reason

Author:Nick Sweeney
Posted:9/24/1999; 4:58:07 PM
Topic:Windows apps on Linux: the real reason
Msg #:11451 (In response to 11432)
Prev/Next:11450 / 11452

Microsoft could make it run perfectly. And keep it running.

Precisely. The main difficulty with WINE's development, from what I can see, is that it has to reverse-engineer the undocumented API calls in Win32. Which raises an interesting hypothetical. If, say, one of the consequences of the anti-trust case is that MS have to release full docs to their API, then they might as well channel resources into WINE's implementation. It's a classic opportunity for "embrace and extend".

And why not? The libwine GUI could, with the right support, be the fancied outsider in the race to standardise the Linux desktop.

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