Day 4: Conferences: Wine: Windows on Linux
Alex was accompanied by two other people who work on Wine: Gavriel State who is
paid by Corel to work on Wine, and Alexandre Julliard, the Wine project leader.
Douglas Ridgway, talking about Wine
From left to right: Gavriel, Douglas, and Alex
There was a lot said about wine:
They showed the demo of Quatro Pro running under Wine:
- The Windows API is really large and rapidly growing, partly because ms
wants to keep its edge and prevent projects such as wine.
- It's really hard to get binary compatibility with all the quirks, and
applications for which you do not have source
- Source compatibility is also hard because windows software has never been
- Windows applications may actually run better under wine, and should they crash, they can't take the OS down with them
- About 3000 Win32 calls implemented or partially implemented, 42 Win16 DLLs,
and 38 Win32 DLLs, but there is still much work to do
- A big milestone that was reached is that the MFCs can be recompiled
against Wine, and Corel has had success recompiling their apps against
- How well does TCP/IP work in wine? Some of it is working.
Someone sent a snapshot of the wine website from MSIE
- Printing works to some extent
- Some games are running and some with sound
In a nutshell, they did accomplish a lot, but the 10% left (or whatever it is)
is going to take a lot of effort.
The windows binary of Quatro Pro running under KDE
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