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osOpinion: Win32 API on Linux? Yes please.

May 30, 2000, 05:20 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Zobian)

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"Is having the Win32 API (Application Programming Interface) available on Linux a good thing? Perhaps in ten years this will no longer be an issue, but right now the answer is "you bet."

"Enough has already been written about the very real problem of getting ISV's (Independent Software Vendors) to port their popular apps to Linux. To deny that this is a problem is to deny that the Windows monopoly exists."

"The financial barrier to doing a complete re-write of a commercial app, e.g. Quicken, to Linux is simply daunting. Having the Win32 API implemented on Linux would effectively eliminate that barrier. Windows-based apps could be inexpensively ported and would greatly broaden the appeal of Linux to many, many users. A virtuous cycle would then ensue, and Linux would reach its potential as an operating system for the future."

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