Posted Feb 2, 2009 13:09 UTC (Mon) by hozelda (guest, #19341)
Parent article: Common Wine Myths
Putting aside the notion that wine will be able to closely mimic MS platform software (as opposed to implementing some published specs), the project can still market wine as actually being compliant with published standards (should they ever reach such a point) and maybe attract some Windows developers and ports that way ["we're more compliant than Microsfot"].
There are very real patent risks whenever you develop using technology/APIs invented/designed by a lover of patents that is threatened by you (FOSS); however, third-party (proprietary) developers may not mind making sure their already-built Windows apps work well on wine.
As long as wine and others don't encourage developers to target wine over, say, LSB, then I think the wine project is a great asset.