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Monday, November 07, 2005

Wine HQ: "This is release 0.9 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. After 12 years of development, this release marks the beginning of the beta testing phase. Everybody is encouraged to try it; while there are still bugs, most applications are expected to at least install and do something useful. "

Looks interesting to me. Could potentially be a very nasty thorn to Microsoft, but...what a waste of time. I have to say - these open source projects that just want to copy an existing idea are beginning to piss me off. For fuck sake - have an original thought already.

You know what? I really don't mind paying for software. If I buy a product for $100 that saves me an hour a day - then that is money well spent. Happy to do it. What I need is more products that save me an hour a day. Not more products that require me to evaluate whether or not I really need to spend $100.

My overall thoughts on Wine? It will never work properly. It will always be buggy and behind what Microsoft is doing. It is a game of follow the leader where you have to wait for the leader to release before you can even begin to follow. It is an interesting intellectual exercise though.

Wil Shipley thinks different. (Get it? Little mac pun there...because he is a mac guy...never mind).

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