[Wine] DOS apps

nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Sun Mar 4 19:10:59 CST 2007

> > Regarding WINE support for DOS apps:
> >
> > Is there some fundamental reason why WINE could not be made to support
> > old DOS apps (like Warcraft), or is it just a matter of missing
> > libraries and such?
> >
> > In other words, is there a reason why DosBox, etc. are full hardware
> > emulators, or why full DOS library support in WINE still wouldn't be
> > enough?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > --
> > Joel Parker
> >
> Hi!
> I think that one of the reasons is that old DOS apps are often very
> trying to directly access the hardware - ports, graphic card, sound card
> It's the main reason for which a hardware emulator (or even direct access
> physical ports, like in dosemu) is more suitable than the software layer
> And because for example dosemu or dosbox are mature and almost stable
> it's not necessary to "triplicate" the effort and create yet another DOS
> emulator :-).
> With regards, Pavel Troller

I think this is a Frequently Asked Question.

Should probably be added somewhere to the wine web page.


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