Wine/Interix -- The pros and cons.
segin2005 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 21:26:20 CST 2006
I was thinking about running Wine on Interix (the POSIX layer of
Microsoft's Services for Unix). There are a few apparent unknows:
Would Wine load the .dll.so's? Since Interix uses PE for it's native
format (running on Windows, duh), Would Wine load the .dll.so's? Would
it reject them being in PE format and having the 'POSIX Layer' attribute
set, or could we hack on a patch to detect if Wine itself is running in
said layer, and load them if it is? Would that even *work*? And how
about detecting Winelib applications? It might get detected as a regular
Windows app, and ... uh-oh... (let's just say it isn't pretty)
There are several obvious pros: You can test Wine almost fully under
Windows without mingling with Windows's native componets. This would
allow for better and faster compatability tests. We could also see what
"unknowns" exist in Interix -- Althought not nessessrarly useful to Wine
developers itself, it could mean a whole new generation of applications
which are half-Unix, half-Windows, if the right holes are found.
I am sure this will spark a LOT of debate.
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