Wine, win4lin, vmware, bochs, plex86 can we build an alternative Windows yet ?

Mike Hearn m.hearn at
Thu Mar 27 02:59:58 CST 2003

I think setting DefaultLoadOrder to native, then pointing wine at your
windows installation would achieve the effect you wanted. 

On the other hand, that doesn't always work - MS DLLs often make
undocumented calls between each other. Also of course, the aim is to
replace Windows, not just provide a convenient shortcut, if in 2020 we
all use Linux but still have a Windows license lying around to run the
occasional app, arguably we wouldn't have got anywhere at all.

thanks -mike

On Thu, 2003-03-27 at 07:34, Jacobus Erasmus wrote:
> Hi, I've been following the Wine development for years now.
> I was surprized when I learned of vmware and win4lin being able to run
> Windows. After some investigation it seems that they have consentrated
> on a simpler task that of building a virtual machine that can run
> Windows on top of linux.
> Wine on the other hand is concentrating on replacing Windows a much
> harder task.
> My question to the Wine comminuty is this ? Whithout stopping the
> current development would it be possible to build a striped down wine
> version that can run most Windows apps if you have windows available and
> are willing to install it in our Wine Virtual Environment.
> Given that Wine already contains most of the code to read and use DLL's.
> Most of the drivers is already available what would it take to setup
> such a wine version. (Interim solution )
Mike Hearn <m.hearn at>
QinetiQ - Malvern Technology Center

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