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  • AJenbo
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    Don't forget about "all" thouse apps for Windows NT 3 for arm

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  • schmidtbag
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    Originally posted by frantaylor View Post
    It might be useless to end users in its current state, but it's probably a pretty important stepping stone to a lot of stuff that will be interesting to end users.

    Way back when, we cheered for those useless builds of Mozilla, even though they crashed all the time, because we knew that they were harbingers of a better future.
    +1

    We don't know what Windows on ARM will hold in the future, better to get a head start. Who knows, since windows RT is so young and ARM is much simpler than x86, this could end up being a 90% successful project, unlike x86 wine which is more like 60% successful.

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  • frantaylor
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    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
    So Wine on ARM is pretty much useless.
    It might be useless to end users in its current state, but it's probably a pretty important stepping stone to a lot of stuff that will be interesting to end users.

    Way back when, we cheered for those useless builds of Mozilla, even though they crashed all the time, because we knew that they were harbingers of a better future.

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  • bridgman
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    There could have been two levels of emulation going on during the demo... emulating an ARM CPU on the x86 in the laptop to support the Android dev kit, then emulating x86 on the emulated ARM to run x86 Windows apps.

    That would have been pretty cool, but really slow.

    I guess the other likely scenario was x86 Windows app over x86 WINE over x86 Android over x86 Linux, where the most likely "emulation" was Android running in a virtual machine over a Linux host with software rendering instead of hardware accelerated graphics.

    Originally posted by smitty3268 View Post
    Yeah, Michael completely left out the most important part.

    Is WINE suddenly going to be an emulator so it can run x86 code on ARM? Are they just porting winelib, so that windows developers can recompile their code for WINE on ARM? Is it just meant for Win8 ARM apps?
    Michael dropped some pretty strong hints, ie WINE devs hoping for increased adoption of Android on x86 and WINE ARM being covered separately.
    Last edited by bridgman; 02-03-2013, 06:53 PM.

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  • smitty3268
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    Originally posted by intellivision View Post
    So how exactly is WINE being emulated on an ARM platform?
    Are they making QEMU integration official or are they using something different?
    Yeah, Michael completely left out the most important part.

    Is WINE suddenly going to be an emulator so it can run x86 code on ARM? Are they just porting winelib, so that windows developers can recompile their code for WINE on ARM? Is it just meant for Win8 ARM apps?

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  • uid313
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    Originally posted by intellivision View Post
    So how exactly is WINE being emulated on an ARM platform?
    Are they making QEMU integration official or are they using something different?
    They are just implementing the Win32 API, they are not implementing processor emulation.

    You will still not be able to run Windows applications compiled on x86.
    You will only be able to run Windows applications compiled for ARM.

    Atm, there are pretty much no such applications.
    And Windows RT can't even run Windows applications, only Metro apps.
    No computers use Windows 8 ARM, only tablets do.

    So Wine on ARM is pretty much useless.

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  • **M**
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    Is there a stream of this talk available?

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  • intellivision
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    So how exactly is WINE being emulated on an ARM platform?
    Are they making QEMU integration official or are they using something different?

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  • Rexilion
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    Originally posted by Sonadow View Post
    Except that most RT apps (aka Metro apps) are written in HTML5 and Javascript.
    And most of the 'apps' are just links to other sides opening them in pretty Windows like the Iphone app and many chromium apps. No need to put time in those hehe...

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  • curaga
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    Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
    Why should they emulate the x86 instruction set? Windows RT runs on ARM.
    Because of the 20 years of existing x86 windows software?

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