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All About Linux: WINE--An Open Source Project Which Could Be the Tipping Point...

May 31, 2006, 01:00 (6 Talkback[s])

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"A few days back, Google did something which took everyone by surprise. It released Picasa--a very popular and advanced image archiving tool that also includes a lot of photo manipulation features--for Linux, which till now only worked in Windows. But what was cleverly shielded from the average user was that Picasa released for Linux is the very same Picasa for windows but running on top of Wine--an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. In fact, anybody who uses Picasa will not be aware that he/she is running a windows software in Linux unless it is pointed out.

"Wine has been around for a long time now and there are even companies which operate for profit such as Codeweavers who sell a fine tuned version of wine to allow people to run Windows software on Linux..."

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