Should Android be able to run Windows applications?

In today's open source roundup: Would Android be better if it could run Windows applications? Plus: Three alternative browsers for Linux, and Wil Wheaton does not like Ubuntu

The VAR Guy has a column up about cross-platform computing, and the problems inherent in running Wine in Android and Chrome OS. One has to wonder though if it makes any sense to want to run Wine on these platforms in the first place. Do we really need Windows applications in Android or Chrome OS?

Wine developers are making progress toward implementing Wine for Android, which is one of those Linux variants, although it appears that it will be at least a little while before Wine can run Windows apps on Android just as well as it can on traditional Linux systems.

Meanwhile, for users of ChromeOS, which is also based on Linux but is substantially different from the Linux kernel code, the outlook is much more dismal. As Phoronix has reported, it will probably never be possible to make Wine run on ChromeOS in anything approaching a user-friendly way, since Google restricts the access of third-party applications to the parts of the system that Wine needs to work its magic.

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Run Windows Applications in Android
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Am I the only one that thinks running Windows applications in Android is silly and unnecessary? I haven't run Windows or Windows applications for many years and I don't miss them at all. It seems to me that at some point a user who opts for a different operating system than Windows needs to make a break with Windows applications as well.

And yet I continue to see articles now and then that lament the fact that Windows applications won't run well or at all via Wine in Chrome OS or Android. Why is this a bad thing? Windows has had its day in the sun as a dominant computer operating system, but many of us have moved on and no longer want to bother with it.

I can understand that some folks might still need some Windows applications. If that's the case then your best bet is to probably stick with Windows until you can find an open source alternative for those applications. It makes little sense to me to move to a different operating system but then cling to Windows applications that may not run well or at all on your new operating system.

I actually feel sorry for the folks that can't or won't make a clean break from Windows. To me it would be like having a huge, heavy ball and chain on your leg that weighs you down and prevents you from moving around freely. My advice is to cut that chain if at all possible, then move forward and don't look back.

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