Run Windows applications on Android via WINE

In today's open source roundup: WINE is coming to Android devices. Plus: Create your own desktop environment for Linux. And a video unboxing and review of the Nexus 6P

Run Windows applications on Android via WINE

WINE has long been considered a useful tool for Linux users who need to run Windows applications. But now WINE is poised to make its appearance on Android, and thus open the doors for Windows applications to run on Android tablets and phones.

Andrew Grush reports for Android Authority:

Crossover is coming to Android by the end of this year, with WINE to follow sometime shortly after. It’s unclear how Crossover and WINE might differ from their Linux counterparts, but the end goal is the same: the ability to run popular Windows programs on your Android device. Considering that many traditional Windows programs aren’t designed with touch in mind, we imagine this will be more useful for tablet users that want to improve their productivity and aren’t afraid of attaching a keyboard and mouse to do it.

If the idea of running Windows programs sounds at all intriguing to you, don’t get too excited yet, as there is one big caveat. Because WINE and Crossover aren’t emulators, Windows programs will still require an x86 processor. That means that the majority of Android devices, which run ARM-based chips, won’t be able to utilize this tech. On the bright side, the number of Intel-powered Android devices is on the rise, especially in the budget tablet segment. Even the smartphone world is seeing a few well-received Intel-powered options, like the Asus ZenFone 2.

WINE is an application layer that fills in the missing ‘bits’ that aren’t found on Linux and other non-Windows platforms (okay, an obvious oversimplification.. but you get the idea), allowing Windows programs to work at essentially the same speed as they would on Microsoft’s own OS. How well these programs work varies from nearly perfect to buggy as all get out.

More at Android Authority

Create your own desktop environment for Linux

There are many different desktop environments available for Linux, but what do you do if you don't like any of them? You create your own, of course. Linux Voice has a helpful tutorial that will get you started creating your own desktop environment.

Mike Saunders reports for Linux Voice:

But what about desktop environments? Aren’t KDE, Gnome and Xfce giant, monolithic projects? Not really. They’re built up of smaller programs and libraries that are highly dependent on one another, but it’s possible to strip out certain components or replace them with alternatives. And taking this even further, it’s possible to create a desktop environment entirely from scratch, by cherry-picking a selection of programs, tying them together and making them run simultaneously.

It’s actually rather fun and a good learning experience to create a desktop environment from scratch, so that’s what we’ll do over the next few pages. You’ll be able to choose the components that fit your workflow, and the end result will be considerably lighter and faster than the heavyweights of Gnome and KDE. Plus, you can brag to your friends at the next Linux User Group meeting that you don’t use some generic pre-packaged desktop environment, but you created your own custom setup and have levelled up on the journey to Linux enlightenment.

More at Linux Voice

A video unboxing and review of the Nexus 6P

Google's Nexus 6P is a hot Android product, and many people want to know more about it. I bumped into a video unboxing and review of the Nexus 6P that should provide some answers for those who are wondering if they should buy a Nexus 6P.

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