Wine and Windows RT: What's the point?

Today in Open Source: Windows RT is a waste of time for developers. Plus: Check out Linux 3.11 features, and a new Linux Mint 15 KDE user is born.

Wine and Windows RT: What's the Point?

As I was looking at today's open source news, I ran across an announcement about Linux 3.11's features. At the bottom of the list there was a blurb about Wine being able to run Windows RT apps.


Is it me or is this just a huge waste of developer time? Windows RT devices aren't selling well at all, it seems to be yet another gigantic bomb from Microsoft. So why waste the time and effort to support it in the first place?

I've never been a huge fan of Wine anyway. It has its uses, but I prefer native Linux apps to trying to run Windows applications. I recognize that your mileage may vary in that sense, I'm sure some folks find Wine useful.

But the Windows RT user base is tiny, and it doesn't seem to be getting any bigger. In fact, Microsoft seems to be slashing prices on Windows RT devices in a feeble and desperate attempt to gin up sales.

I'll go out on a limb here, and hazard a guess that Windows RT isn't long for this world. It appears to have been a very bad idea that somehow made it out of Microsoft's lab and into a world that has little or no use for it. The future seems very bleak indeed for Windows RT. I doubt it will last another year, though I could be wrong. We'll see.

Do you give a hoot if Wine can run Windows RT apps? Do you own a Windows RT device? Tell me in the comments below.

Wanted to let you know that the patch that allows that just got committed in Linus tree: [1]

This means that Kernel 3.11 will have everything to run applications ported to Windows RT.

A good list of such applications and libraries can be found at [2].

See [3] & [4] for more information on the Wine side.

More at Wine HQ

Linux 3.11 Features

Speaking of Linux 3.11, Parity Portal has a good list of expected features. The list is too long to get into here, but check out the article for an overview of what you can expect in Linux 3.11.

Linux 3.11 brings with it Btrfs file-system changes including regular work on performance fixes, bug-fixes, and code-cleanups. The merge includes tuning of “crc code as well as our transaction commits.” The improvements also bring with it resolution of issues related to early enospc.

F2FS doesn’t bring a whole lot of new things to Linux 3.11 but, it does include a fix for regression found in Linux 3.10. The performance of the file system is slower with 3.10 as compared to 3.9 in some workload cases notes Phoronix.

More at Parity Portal

Linux Mint 15 KDE: A Breath of Fresh Air

Susan Linton at Ostatic has a brief article up about switching to Linux Mint 15 KDE. Her experiences seem quite positive. I can't say I'm really surprised, Linux Mint 15 is one of the best desktop distros available, whether you use KDE or some other desktop environment.

Hey, how can you go wrong with a Steampunk desktop theme, right. It oozes sheer coolness as soon as you see it.

I generally recommend Linux Mint for users new to Linux. It's easy to install and offers a lot of useful tools, and a great software manager. Check it out if you're in the market for a desktop distro. Susan liked it, and I bet you will too.

For the last couple of days I've been getting input/output errors while running my everyday install and eventually things would just halt. I decided I better get what I wanted off that drive because it was probably failing. This seemed like a good time to do more than boot Linux Mint 15 KDE (rc). It was time for a full install.

More at Ostatic

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