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About.com: More Windows for Linux [Wine]

Jun 10, 2000, 16:10 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)

"Many Focus On Linux readers will remember our feature about VMWare a number of months ago, which allowed Linux users to run Windows inside a Linux window. While VMWare is a great solution, it has some drawbacks..."

"Long before there was VMWare, there was Wine, an emulation project of sorts to build a copy of the Windows API for Linux, allowing Windows binaries to run directly under X. Wine either stands for WINdows Emulator or Wine Is Not an Emulator, depending on which acronym each individual prefers. Wine really suffers from none of the drawbacks that VMWare imposes on the user, but it has been very slow to develop and because of this, in the past, it has been nearly useless for serious work."

"Times, however, are changing. With a lot of development hours over a number of years, and now the help of Corel corporation, Wine is beginning to evolve into a very complete emulation of the Windows API. Some applications, such as Corel's WordPerfect Office 2000 and Deneba's Canvas 7, are already using Wine as a foundation technology for Linux deployment. The Wine project itself has recently stated that it is finally time to begin working toward a 1.0 version release."

"So, for many Linux users, it may be time to start using Wine."

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