15 Years in the Making, Wine 1.0 Is in Sight

 
 
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2008-03-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For far longer than any of its developers would care to recall, Wine, the best program to use in Linux to run Windows applications, has been in development. Now, at long last, Wine 1.0 is scheduled to be released.

For far longer than any of its developers would care to recall, Wine, the best program to use in Linux to run Windows applications, has been in development. Now, at long last, Wine 1.0 is scheduled to be released.

To be exact, Wine (Wine is not an emulator) 1.0 should appear June 6, on the project's 15th birthday. While at this point there are 1,229 Windows applications that install and run out of the box, the Platinum applications, using Wine on Linux, only four Microsoft applications - Photoshop CS2, PowerPoint Viewer 97 and 2003, and Word Viewer 97 and 2003, and Excel Viewer 97 and 2003 - are being considered as critical for the 1.0 release. The reason for this, the Wine developers explain in the Wine 1.0 release plan, is that "expanding that list is that each new app adds a huge amount of testing to each release."

Wine, based on volunteer efforts, has always lacked the resources for comprehensive quality and assurance testing. This problem is magnified by the wide variety of Windows environments, Windows applications and Linux distributions. Indeed, much of the reason why Wine has spent so much time in beta is because it tries to bring rhyme and reason to poorly documented Windows API (application program interfaces), which vary wildly from one release of Windows to another.

Read the full article on DesktopLinux.com.

 
 
 
 
I'm editor-at-large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. That's a fancy title that means I write about whatever topic strikes my fancy or needs written about across the Ziff Davis Enterprise family of publications. You'll find most of my stories in Linux-Watch, DesktopLinux and eWEEK. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, I worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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