[Wine] Wine/Interix -- The pros and cons.

Geoff Streeter geoff at dyalog.com
Mon Mar 27 01:51:17 CST 2006

At 2006-03-24 22:26 -0500, Segin wrote:
>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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>wine-users at winehq.org

Bear in mind that SFU won't install on XP Home or XP64. It seems to be XP 
Pro only. I haven't tried installing on the Vista Beta (either 32 or 64 bit).


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