Numerous people have requested that the project status of Wine be
posted regularly. For the benifit of those people, I am posting
the latest README file that I have uploaded to tsx-11...
The Wine project for linux is an attempt to write something
with similar functionality to the WABI that was developed by Sun.
The basic goal is to be able to take a MS-Windows binary and
run it under Linux with X-Windows running. The finished product will
essentiaily consist of two parts:
a) A program loader, which will load the Windows binary into
the virtual memory of the linux process, provide a means for adjusting
the ldt of the processor so that the 16-bit segments that are
typically used with Windows binaries will work correctly, and provide
a means for calling the Windows binary in the first place, allowing
the Windows binary to call back to the 32-bit mode program, and
finally allow the 32-bit mode program to call back again to the
Windows binary (i.e. Windows callbacks). In each case, the arguments
being passed wil have to be pulled from the appropriate stack and
loaded on to the other stack (there will be a 16 bit and a 32 bit
stack). Finally some application specfic DLL libraries will have to
be loaded, and dynamic linking will have to be performed.
b) The second part of the finished product is an emulation
library, which takes calls to Windows functions, and somehow
translates these into calls to X11 in one fashion or another, so that
equivalent functionality is achieved.
It should be pointed out that the Windows binary will be
running directly - there will be no need for machine level emulation
of the instructions. Sun has reported better performance with their
version of WABI than is actually achieved under MS-Windows -
theoretically the same result is possible under linux.
The project got started as a result of discussions on
comp.os.linux in early June of 1993. A mail channel was set up for
discussions, and this directory was created. At the moment, all of
the files that are uploaded are in the private directory in a hidden
directory. The reason for this is that the program is really only of
use to developers right now. Once something is ready for public
consumption, it will be uploaded to a publicly visible directory.
The final product will almost certainly be under the GNU Public License
(or GPL for short).
If you are interested in getting involved in this project,
join the linux activists' WABI channel. If you have never joined
It will reply with a help message. New releases are approximately
every Tuesday. All releases are announced to the WABI channel.
Also, I will do my best to answer any question mailed to me.
Status Report - September 3, 1993
Windows Solitaire is barely playable for the first time
today. Special thanks go to Alexandre Julliard, Eric Youngdale,
David Metcalfe and Peter MacDonald for their work on this project.
If you live near one of these people, buy them a beer.
It looks like the Linux kernel modifications are nearing
completion. Hopefully the next Linux kernel (0.99.13 ?) will not require
patching to run Wine.
The loader portion is nearing completion. Sample Windows
binaries are loaded correctly into memory, dynamicly linked and so
forth. The 16/32 bit call interface is fairly complete. There are
still a few features that remain to be added before it can be
considered "done", but it is at the point where it is actually useful.
Resource loading is only partially complete.
A very minimal version of the emulation library has been
merged with the loader. Windows can be created, DC's may be used,
bitmaps are handled, text drawing is implemented, and a preliminary
implementation of menus has been created. Bugs are still present
in many of the implemented functions, but things are starting to look