Winelib's role in converting Windows applications

Ira Krakow ikrakow_1999 at
Thu May 5 18:21:57 CDT 2005

As many of you know, Brian and I are writing a book on
Wine and Winelib for Prentice Hall.  Brian's doing the
Wine part; I'm doing the Winelib part.

At Wineconf, I had a number of conversations about
Winelib's role in converting Windows apps.  The
consensus seems to be that the most efficient
conversion path is for much of the Windows app to stay
in Visual C++ (or whatever) and that only the modules
that specifically require native Linux calls should be
recompiled, via MinGW/Dev-C++ on the Windows side, and
Winemaker on the Linux side, into Winelib objects.  

For example, if the application requires PAM
authentication, or a Linux-based help system, these
modules would be separated out and encapsulated as
Winelib objects.  I was thinking of using PAM
authentication as a good example, since it works for
any authentication scheme that the application

This is the approach I plan to take.  I welcome all


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