Vinegar: Will Windows viruses work on Wine?

Summary:Matt Moen at Newsforge has been busy lately trying to get Windows viruses to work on Wine, an open source version of the Windows API designed to let Windows programs work on X-based operating systems.Before you ask "why," consider that a Windows virus might be a good compatibility test.

Matt Moen at Newsforge has been busy lately trying to get Windows viruses to work on Wine, an open source version of the Windows API designed to let Windows programs work on X-based operating systems.

Before you ask "why," consider that a Windows virus might be a good compatibility test. (Reminds me of how they once used Flight Simulator on Japanese PCs in the 1980s to test Windows compatibility, but that's another show.)

You'll be glad to know that Wine mostly failed these virii tests. While the viruses ran, none propagated, and only one really infected the underlying Linux system it was running on.

Matt concludes that the Wine developers may be saddened by these results, since their goal is true Windows compatibility. But I doubt they're losing any sleep over it.

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Topics: Windows

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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