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WINE Interview with Marcus 'BUGNIX' Meissner
by Jesper Pedersen, FLUG.
Pictures here

Odense, Denmark, 25 September 1999

1. Why at all make it possible to run Windows programs on Linux?
There will always be programs that will not be ported to Linux, be it Microsoft programs, where Microsoft just will not admit that there other operating systems, or programs of other vendors, that just don't want to acknowledge Linux or, which is more likely the case, that don't have the money to do a Linux port of their software.

2. Which kind of Windows programs is it realistic to run using Wine today - and in a year.
It always depends on the program itself, one can only decide it on a case by case basis. Some games do run, some Office suite programs start up and are beginning to be useful, several small tools are working so they are usable. In a year the number of working programs will (of course) increase,the major office suites might work. But one cannot say for sure since there is no fixed development plan for WINE.

3. Why did you get involved in WINE?
I played solitaire and minesweeper a lot under windows... Since I got sick of rebooting between Linux and Windows, and because I heard one day of a Windows Emulator, that should make this possible, I got WINE,compiled and installed it and played solitaire and winmine under Linux.Some time later I tried other windows applications and found a small problem in the filemanager, which I was able to fix... Thats how I became hooked to WINE development.

4. How much time do you spend programming WINE per month.
Not enough currently. I spent a lot of time during my study, but with a full time job in computers I don't want to look as much at computers as before, and it is summer outside ;) But I guess, I spend approximately 1 hour per normal day and 4 at maximum on weekends on WINE.

5. Do you work with Windows on daily basis?
No. I am working at Caldera on OpenLinux making OpenLinux. We don't use Windows at our Office ;)

6. What would happen if Windows became open source?
I do not see that happen. I also cannot say what would happen to WINE at this time. If it happens, WINE could be used as basis for porting that Windows source code to UNIX/Linux.

7. Will WINE work with Windows 2000 programs?
I don't know, I haven't heard any reports yet. But Windows 2000 uses the same Win32 Core API as Windows 95, 98 and NT, so most programs should work. Additional features required by Windows 2000 will be added to WINE if needed.

8. When will WINE be included in the distributions?
WINE has been included for some time in SuSE (since 1996?), it is in TurboLinux for some time, it is in Debian for some time and in the newly released OpenLinux 2.3 (my contribution ;). I do not know about Red Hat.

9. What is your background?
I studied computer science in Erlangen from 1991 to 1997 and finished with diploma. After doing my 13 month tour of duty I started working for the engineering division of Caldera Systems.

 
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