[Wine] does WINE run on MAC OS and OpenVMS

James McKenzie jjmckenzie51 at sprintpcs.com
Fri May 16 00:10:57 CDT 2008

vitamin wrote:
> James McKenzie wrote:
>> noble_curious wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I have two queries regarding WINE.
>>> 1) Is there support for VMS(OpenVMS) and MAC OS in WINE. I mean that can I install/build WINE over OpenVMS OS and MAC OS.
>> Mac yes.  However, it is not a native (Aqua) application, it uses X11. 
>> OpenVMS, if it is X86 based, maybe.  If it is Alpha, no.  Wine needs a 
>> X86 processor to run.
> Wrong. Wine itself can run on not-x86 architecture. You can even run winelib apps that way.
Let me rephrase my answer:  Wine itself will run on any architecture you 
can get it to build on.  It is NOT useful to run any Windows X86 based 
applications.  There is an X86 emulation program for the PowerPC, but it 
is far from ready to run.  I don't know if Wine will run on top of 
Virtual PC and I do know that VMWare Fusion will run XP, but that is not 
what we are here to discuss. 

To answer the Original Posters question in the strict sense, yes Wine 
will build on MacOSX versions 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5.  However you will 
need to install a bunch of UNIX X11 programs that have been ported to 
run on MacOSX.  This is because MacOSX does not come with certain 
programs.  There is an effort to get Wine to appear like a native MacOSX 
application as well.  I don't know about the status of OpenVMS, but it 
may be possible to build and install Wine on both the X86 and Alpha 
versions as well. 

Now to what I think the OP was asking:  Is it possible to install Wine 
and run my favorite Windows programs on MacOSX.  If you have an Intel 
processor, yes.  If you have a PowerPC processor, no.  OpenVMS on the 
Alpha platform is a resounding no.  I don't know of an X86 emulator for 
the Alpha processor.  I don't know if OpenVMS is available in a X86 flavor.

Vitally, you need to realize that I do tend to answer the spirit of the 
question, not just what is written.

James McKenzie

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