"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
"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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