On OS/2's win32 compatibility
Posted May 26, 2006 19:51 UTC (Fri) by dank
In reply to: Google Releases Picasa for Linux (Slashdot)
Parent article: Google Releases Picasa for Linux (Slashdot)
OS/2's win32 compatibility died because IBM didn't have the willpower to
implement or maintain win32 compatibility themselves, and because their
win32 layer wasn't open source and thus couldn't be maintained by the users.
(The Odin project was open source, but it came along too late to save OS/2.)
Wine does not suffer from that problem. There is nothing standing
in your way if you really want Linux to run a Windows app;
a relatively small investment would get many commercial apps running.
And because Wine is open and free, every additional company that makes
that investment makes it easier for others to follow. That is what
makes the Linux + Wine story more promising than the OS/2 + Win32s story.
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