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osOpinion: Why WINE maybe a very bad idea

Apr 12, 2000, 04:39 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by A. Weston)

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"You may have heard of a package called WINE (or the recursive acronym Wine Is Not an Emulator). This package, written under the GPL, runs under Linux and allows the user to run applications originally written for Windows. In theory, this will allow users to easily migrate (upgrade?) from their Windows box to a Linux box instead. Guess what folks, it isn't going to happen."

"The only people that will ever lightly run WINE, even when it is complete, is the minority geeky type of person - who wants to run Linux on the desktop now - and needs access to Windows stuff. When (if) Linux takes off in a big way on the desktop, and gets, say 40% market share in a few years, then why should software houses start writing stuff for Linux even then, when they can carry on writing for Windows like they always have and let WINE do is magic for the Linux platform. The result - Less Linux native applications - Therefore, less reasons to use Linux in the first place."

"What is needed is an application for Windows that allows users to run Linux Apps. (Call it LINE, maybe). This will open up a range of previously unheard of software, such as 'The Gimp' and allow them to use it without rebooting, reinstalling or any of that fuss, while keeping there compatibility with their beloved Office Suite."

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