Wine on ppc/linux.

Roderick Colenbrander thunderbird2k at
Wed Jun 14 12:56:29 CDT 2006

> I'm trying/working to get x86 windows programs to run under linux on a
> ppc and eventualy a sparc.
> After reading the Darwine list, I'm not sure where the best place for
> this.
> Will the current move by Apple to x86 hardware replace this project?
> What about alpha, ARM, MIPS and sparc?

At the moment Wine can be used on ppc/linux for porting programs using winelib. There have been discussions in the past about using wine to run x86 applications on non-x86 architectures. One of the proposals was to integrate an x86 emulator in wine. It was decided that it was very difficult due to little/big endian and other reasons (search the archive). 

The other way which I think still works is to use qemu ( to load an x86 version of wine (you need an x86 glibc and so too). This method already works and is a lot easier than integrating an x86 emulator in wine and second wine with a builtin emulator might be as fast as an optimized qemu.

So wine can be used on ppc/linux using qemu and a real port is way too complicated.

Roderick Colenbrander


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