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Cross-platform interoperability importance to fade

Jul 01, 2010, 13:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Cross-platform efforts to provide interoperability with Windows on Linux systems may cease to be of importance in future as the acceptance of alternative OSes widens, say industry watchers.

"Linux users have relied on various methods to access Windows programs, one of which is the Wine project. The open source effort offers users a way of running some Windows programs by providing a substitute layer that encompasses APIs (application programming interfaces) and DLLs (dynamic-link libraries) for the Windows kernel.

"But as Linux-based systems and Apple Macs gain popularity, more software vendors are catering to these OSes, said Ovum senior analyst, Vuk Trifkovic."

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