"I have been following the WINE project for quite a few
years. These guys are doing an incredibly hard job in trying to
keep up with a moving target and basically re-writing an operating
system to run natively on top of another operating system.
"Many people think of the WINE project as an emulator for
windows yet the very name of the project explains that it is not
true. The name WINE is, as you most probably know, a typical open
source acronym for Wine Is Not an Emulator. The very goal of the
project is to recreate, without breaking any law, the functional
equivalent of the windows operating systems libraries so programs
written for windows can run natively under Linux.
"While these people have made some major inroads towards that
goal, they are finding it a bit bigger perhaps than what they
originally thought. Nevertheless there are a great many windows
programs which run quite well, sometimes better, using the WINE
developed libraries. Yet I sometimes wonder if it is too little too