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CMPnet: Wine Targets Windows

Mar 05, 1999, 20:44 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Wine is software that lets people run Windows applications on their Linux machines. The Wine team was on hand at the show here in San Jose, Calif., Thursday to show off the latest version of the free, open source software, which was released late last month.

One of the goals of Wine is to provide a way for people to easily transition from Windows to Linux, said Andrew Ridgway, administrator of the Winehq website. This is a project that is irrelevant to many Linux users, he said, but will be important if they want to make Linux a consumer platform.

Corel signed up to help the Wine project last October. In his keynote Tuesday, Corel president Michael Cowpland said his company was using Wine to port over its entire suite of productivity applications to Linux by the end of this year. The Ottawa-based developer will then push WordPerfect Office 2000 as an alternative to Microsoft Office. WordPerfect 2000 will include facilities for porting Office documents and files over to the corresponding Corel products.

Even more important, Ridgway said, Corel is freely contributing code and bug fixes to the Wine effort."

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