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Windows on Mactels using WINE

updated 03:55 pm EST, Wed February 8, 2006

WINE on Intel-based Mac

Open-source developers from the X86 Project have managed to compile a version of WINE--software that allows applications written for Microsoft Windows to run on other platforms--for Intel-based Macs. The Darwin Project has been working to port WINE to Mac OS X for some time, and now the latest version can be compiled to run on Mactels, according to a note on the X86 Project forums. Currently WINE offers a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix, and a program loader that allows numerous unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unix varients, according to Macworld UK. "Think of WINE as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs," WINE developers state on the project website. "WINE does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100 percent non-Microsoft code." [updated]




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  1. fluk3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Kewl

    That was fast.

  1. toeknee

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Crossover Mac

    I've been testing an alpha version of Codeweavers' Crossover Mac, which is based on WINE, and it's pretty amazing. Running Windows software without Windows is now possible with Intel processors, and it's going to be really big in the future.

    http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/

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