"With all the chatter accompanying two WINE-related
announcements over the past week or so, I thought it might be a
good time to take a long look at the WINE project to see what all
the fuss has been about. TransGaming's announcement of the
availability of WineX 3.0 got a lot of pixel dust, but that wasn't
the only recent news about WINE. The cold, dead hand of the
Microsoft monopoly also reached out to touch the project when Whil
Hentzen, a leading proponent of Visual FoxPro (VFP) development on
Linux, was contacted by an Microsoft manager and told it was a
violation of the VFP EULA to run it on Linux.
"The WINE project has a long and stable history. Bob Amstadt was
the original project coordinator. According to Amstadt's posts in
comp.os.linux and comp.os.linux.misc newsgroups in the summer of
1993, the project began life in June of that year. By August it had
taken the name WINE, an acronym that stands for 'WINE Is Not an
Emulator.' Traditional Unix-naming aside, Amstadt and others
referred to the project as an emulator all along. Within a year or
two, project leadership passed to Alexandre Julliard, the current
coordinator. Ten years and two leaders is remarkably stable history
in the wilds of free/open-source software-project land..."
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