Ubuntu 7.10 + WINE vs. Windows XP

October 21st, 2007 by Crusader

The Linux hardware review site Phoronix has a newarticle pitting archrivals Linux and Windows against oneanother:

This week’s release of Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” is asignificant win for the free software community. Not only does this releaseincorporate an updated package set — most notably with the Linux 2.6.22kernel and GNOME 2.20, but it also delivers on new desktop innovations fromBulletProofX and displayconfig-gtk to Compiz Fusion being enabled by defaulton supported systems. However, for those business professionals and gamersthat remain dependent on some Windows-only binary applications, the WINE (WINEIs Not An Emulator) project has been making some excellent headway intosupporting Windows applications on the Linux desktop. With Ubuntu 7.10 andWINE 0.9.46 in hand, we had set out to compare the performance between WindowsXP and Gutsy Gibbon with WINE on two popular DirectX benchmarks.

3 Responses to “Ubuntu 7.10 + WINE vs. Windows XP”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Not bad for a reversed engineered software layer :-)

  2. salsadoom Says:

    The performance has a lot of way to go. In general, I’ve found games in Cedega run pretty similar to windows, wine not so much. Still, this is nice to see that (free) wine is progressing so well, even beyond Cedega in a lot of areas. I ditched my windows install a long time ago, which is pretty hard for a gamer (but great for the stress levels). Either way, the more games I can run the better. For the moment they are right to focus on compatibility rather then performance though. Hopefully someday we’ll be as able as windows gamers, but for now at least we’re not totally left out.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    The Win API is not reversed engineered, it is simply substituted.

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