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Linux.com: Commoditising the Windows API

Jun 02, 2000, 10:38 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Bos)

"Linux is coming to the desktop. Every month it becomes easier to use and gains more capabilities -- it is quickly becoming easy enough for the average user to install and maintain. Free software is quickly liberating the desktop."

"One of the major components of Linux on the desktop is the ability to run legacy Windows applications and to port them easily to Unix systems. The WINE project is very important in this regard; it lets companies which have invested significant resources into the Windows versions of their respective products to port to Linux with relatively little trouble. It also allows users to run applications which have been compiled for Windows directly. While the WINE libraries are by no means complete or bug-free, they are certainly stable enough to run and compile a significant and quickly increasing proportion of Windows programs."

"As WINE becomes increasingly stable, and as Linux becomes a major player on desktop machines, the viability of Linux as a development platform for Windows applications becomes increasingly realistic. Writing applications for the lowest common denominator, WINE, makes more and more sense to maintain compatibility with both the significant and growing Linux desktop as well as the more outmoded but larger Windows market."

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