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Wine development two steps forward one step back

Apr 03, 2009, 13:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Wickline)

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"The challenge with Wine, though is that it seems like it's always two steps forward, one step back. In the process of fixing some issues with MS Office, we improved Wine's support for the MSI (Microsoft Installer) technology. Unfortunately, one of those 'improvements' also made it so that no Microsoft Office product would install. As you can imagine, that is putting a real damper on our ability to put together a test build.

"Of course, this is not a unique challenge; Microsoft struggles with this compatibility themselves. The Windows API is a clear product of evolution, not intelligent design. It's origin in DOS and the many false starts and design changes it has had through the years pretty much guarantees that 'Windows compatibility' is very difficult to achieve."

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