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LinuxToday.com.au: Wine: It Gets Better With Age

Oct 22, 2000, 23:32 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

"Was there ever a piece of alpha code quite as indispensable as Wine? For those who don't already know Wine allows you to run Windows applications on a Linux system. In technical terms it's an open source implementation of the Windows API (application programmer interface) that runs on top of X. It was originally designed to work with Linux, but is available for other versions of Unix."

"Wine has been around since 1993 when it was first developed as way of running Windows 3.1 programs on Linux. Since then it has expanded to deal with 32-bit Windows, that is Windows 95 and 98 applications. There's also a development toolkit that allows Windows programmers to port their software to Linux...."

"As you've probably guessed, I've recently developed something of a taste for Wine and, quite possibly, have overindulged. Hopefully there's not going to be any awful hangovers in the morning. So far my machine seems to wake up clear-headed each day."

"I first tried Wine many months ago, but not having a lot of time for tinkering, I simply put it to one side. Then, in a recent column I listed a number of Windows applications that I'd like to see ported to Linux. Some readers responded saying that thanks to Wine, a native version of, say, Quicken, wasn't necessary."

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