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Wine on Android demoed at FOSDEM

Wine, the software that's officially not an emulator but allows Microsoft Windows applications to run on Linux, Mac OS, and other platforms, was shown running on an Android environment today at FOSDEM in Brussels. Alexandre Julliard, of Codeweavers and Wine's original developer, demoed Wine on a Apple Macbook running Linux and the Android emulator. The initial tests show Wine running pretty slowly, but Julliard blames much of this on the fact that Android was emulated on the system.

While running Windows programs compiled for ARM processors on Android devices is an interesting idea, things will really take off if Intel can push the X86 processor to Android tablet manufacturers. An Atom CPU powered Android device will allow Codeweavers to push their CrossOver commercial products, like Office, for both consumers and business users. 

Source: Phoronix

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • >" will allow Codeweavers to push their CrossOver commercial products, like Office, for both consumers and business users." I would be far more interested in OpenOffice/LibreOffice for Android. Far better chance of that happening (and actually working). I would also be far more interested in a *FULL* X11 implementation for Android, bringing all (or at least many of) the Linux desktop apps over. I would also love to see all Android apps running native (or at least semi-native) under a Linux desktop. Damn, there are a lot of things I would like to see...
  • Libreoffice is something I've been wanting for a long time. Mobile office suites just dont cut it.
  • "I would be far more interested in OpenOffice/LibreOffice for Android. Far better chance of that happening (and actually working)." You mean like this? ;)
  • I'm not sure even the fastest Android CPUs are fast enough for X or least for a few years. They're roughly the speed of the Intel Atom AFAIK, which is slowwwwww compared to a low end Core i5 desktop...
  • What about the new Qualcomm 800? Or the Tegra 4 (although that seems to focus more on the GPU so it probably isn't as fast as the 800)?
  • An Atom is plenty fast enough to run X (AKA X11, AKA Xwindows). I have an old netbook running Mageia and Fedora plus all the normal apps (Firefox, OpenOffice/LibreOffice, LXDE, Claws, Audacity, GIMP, etc)- no problem. Sure it is not speedy, but it is quite usable.
  • wine is meant to run at near full speeds on x86, but on arm... who knows.
  • It should be as same as fast, rmeber that Wine on ARM wont run x86 as it has not have x86 emulator, but it should run application compiled for ARM (WinRT?)
  • Core i5 is mid-range, not low-end. Core i3 is meant to be lore end.
  • X is not some power demending, it's just disply simple graphics in similar way as Android already do. Wine is very old project and it started with Win3.1 API simulation, might be problem with executing new software but i think it should handle programs for WinXP (ofcorse on x86)
  • When Intel for Android was announced this was the first thing i thought of. When I posted it on xda, however, I was laughed out of the sub forum. They had all sorts of reasons why it could never happen. Ain't it funny how life works out?
  • Probably because you posted in a Samsung or Nexus section or both, where
    the elitism is strong. (Not
    as strong as in a Debian forum.) I am more interested in what Ubuntu OS can do, as long ass it's not coded in Java.
  • It was in the android general discussion forum, AFAIK. >_>
  • Can you give a link?