WINE & Microsoft WGA

Scott Ritchie scott at
Wed Apr 5 19:17:52 CDT 2006

Is there a way we could ask Microsoft to use "Wine" instead of "WINE"?


-Scott Ritchie

On Wed, 2006-04-05 at 15:43 +0200, Marcus Meissner wrote:
> Hi,
> Just found by random websearch...
> ...
> Q: Will systems running WINE pass WGA validation?
> A: Wine is an implementation of the Windows 3.x and Win32 APIs on top
>    of X and Unix. When WGA validation detects WINE running on the system,
>    it will notify users that they are running non-genuine Windows, and it
>    will not allow genuine Windows downloads for that system. Users of WINE
>    should consult the WINE community for WINE updates. It is important
>    to note that WINE users, and other users of non-genuine Windows,
>    can continue to download updates for most Microsoft applications from
>    Microsoft application-specific sites, such as Office Update.
> Ciao, Marcus

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