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Windows Software Coming To Android Via Wine 107

SternisheFan sends this quote from ZDNet: "Software that allows Windows apps to run on Android devices was demoed at the Fosdem 2013 open source conference this weekend. The demo by Alexandre Julliard, one of the original developers of Wine, showed Wine running on an emulated Android environment. Phoronix reports the performance of Wine on Android to be 'horrendously slow' but says these problems were attributed to it running on an emulated environment rather than a native Android OS. ... The makers claim it bypasses many performance and memory penalties of other methods for simulating computing environments, such as running virtual machines, by translating Windows API calls into POSIX calls on the fly. The Android OS predominantly runs on ARM-based devices today, and a separate demo at the Fosdem conference showed Wine running on ARM-based hardware. There was no news on when support for ARM-based devices or Android will be added to a publicly available Wine release."
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Windows Software Coming To Android Via Wine

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  • Re:TL;DR (Score:5, Informative)

    by Curate (783077) <> on Monday February 04, 2013 @06:18PM (#42791117)
    The article is about WINE. WINE doesn't allow you to run WinRT apps. It allows you to run Win32 apps (which is quite a large catalog... but then your joke wouldn't work so well). However WINE still isn't compatible with every Win32 app. WINE is stuck at around the Windows 2000 era in terms of the APIs it offers, and even then it has numerous bugs and is relatively slow compared to Win32 on actual Windows. Still, although it sounds like I'm bashing WINE, I'm not; I'm just pointing out its limitations. WINE is still extremely useful for allowing quite a lot of software to run.
  • by Nerdfest (867930) on Monday February 04, 2013 @06:48PM (#42791481)

    Yeah, you joke, but on my tiny little Sansa MP3 player running Linux/RockBox will run Doom, which used to take what was considered a pretty hefty PC to run. Just wait a bit.

  • Re:TL;DR (Score:5, Informative)

    by powerlinekid (442532) on Monday February 04, 2013 @07:08PM (#42791707)

    The last time I ran WoW on Wine (around 2009) I had a higher FPS than Windows XP on the same machine.

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