Wine Time Line

Tony Lambregts tony_lambregts at
Fri Nov 15 00:58:01 CST 2002

Thomas Wickline wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been looking over the FAQ and we have
> a question in the FAQ " What is the History of Wine"
> And after talking with Dimi Paun I would like to expand this to a
> " Wine Time Line" page that could be updated a couple times a year.
> This would give users info about wine's progression & events that
> took place over the years.
> Here is a draft of the first year 1993/1994..... Done by _Robert Amstadt_
> -- 
> A discussion began on USENET about the feasibility of running Windows
> apps on Linux. There were some people that said that it is impossible.
> This didn't sit well with Robert Amstadt so he began work to prove 
> them wrong.
> He started out by writing a program loader for Win3.1 apps. Alexandre 
> Julliard
> merged windowing functions written by Peter MacDonald in Tcl/Tk
> to the program loader written by Robert. Alexandre soon after rewrote
> everything to eliminate the Tcl/Tk in favor of direct calls to Xlib.
> Eric Youngdale also contributed early in many areas including
> improvements to the program loader.
> The very first Wine mailing list was operated by Robert to allow 
> discussions
> between developers. After a year with many successes and growing
> interest in the project we asked for the creation of the newsgroup
> The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of
> its creation.
> Around the same time, Robert was asked to give a presentation about 
> Wine at
> the first Linux Congress in Heidelberg, Germany. The room was packed.
> Interest in Wine was very high.
> During the first year of development, most of the code was written by
> Alexandre Julliard and Robert Amstadt. However, we have always received
> contributions of code from many people. Life got busy for Robert and he
> stepped down as head of the project and let Alexandre take control.
> It was probably sometime during the second year.
> -- 
> Thoughts, Volinteers, Flames are most welcome..

Where would you want it to go (in the faq?) or would we just link to it 
from the faq like the status page?


Tony Lambregts

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