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Wine Support On Chrome OS Is Unlikely

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Published on 03 March 2014 01:50 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in WINE
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If you were hoping to eventually be able to run Windows applications within Google's Chrome OS environment via Wine, the possibilities of that working out well are very slim.

While Wine on Android is making progress, Wine on Chrome OS is a much tougher challenge. Long story short, you can't have a fully-working Wine in Chrome OS or Chrome compiled via NaCL. While Chrome OS is Linux-based, the big issue in having the Wine support seems to deal around with Google's sandboxing and not allowing Wine full system access.

For those curious about the state and issues, there's the WineHQ.org NaCl page and a recent mailing list thread about Wine support for Chrome OS. Wine developer Michael Müller had written, "To sum it up: The provided interfaces are not powerful enough to run Wine as a sandboxed plugin. You may disable the sandbox and port some parts of Wine to actually use for example the audio interface or to draw a desktop into a plugin area, but I doubt that someone is actually going to use Chrome without a sandbox. For ChromeOS all this gets even more difficult, because I doubt that you'll even be able to execute Chrome without a sandbox."

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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