Linux users to toast Wine

Users wishing to run Word, Internet Explorer or other Windows applications on non-Microsoft Corp. platforms can finally do so with software that a consortium of open source developers will roll out in the next three months.

Wine 1.0, in development by a group of voluntary programmers since 1993, is an implementation of Windows 3.X and Win32 that operates on top of Linux, Unix or X Windows workstations. Other features include:

-- Support for Microsoft's Common Object Model and Distributed COM technologies, the latter of which lets applications communicate over a network securely and efficiently.

-- The ability to mount shares on multiuser Samba systems, which give Linux desktop users access to file and print services that use Microsoft's Common Information File System.

-- The capability for users to run Windows-based Lotus Notes messaging clients on Linux workstations.

Companies have tested prerelease versions of Wine, with some using Linux and Wine on their desktops to concurrently run Linux-based management tools and Windows-based desktop applications.

"Once [Wine] is stable enough, I could roll it out to users that already have Linux desktops," says Jacob Kennedy, a systems analyst for a company in the U.K. that he asked not be identified. This would let him deliver Word, Outlook and other Windows applications to end users with Linux on their desktops, he says.

Several companies, such as Codeweavers and Transgaming, will offer distributions of Wine, packaged with installation scripts and documentation.

Wine runs on any version of Linux and can be downloaded from winehq.com, wine.codeweavers.com or www.transgaming.com.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Deni Connor

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?