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PCWorld: No More Wine-ing About Linux Apps

Feb 10, 2000, 21:48 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexandra Krasne)

"Until recently, Linux users who wanted a good set of productivity applications had to run a Windows office suite under Wine--a conversion layer of Linux code that lets you run Windows applications. But soon there'll be an office suite built for Linux from the ground up--Applixware Office 5.0 from Applix."

"The added layer of Wine code--an open source implementation of Windows 95/Microsoft Windows NT application programming interfaces--causes native Windows applications to run more slowly and with less stability on Linux, says Richard Manly, director of product marketing for Applix. But this is not the case with Applixware because the software is native to Linux. Expect Applixware at the end of March, and not a day later, he promises."

"Applixware is better because it's built for Linux," Manly says. "It's memory efficient and stable."

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