Google is once again showing their support for the open source community by sponsoring improvements to Wine. Wine, for those of you unfamiliar, is a free tool available for Linux which lets you run some Windows applications without needing to run Windows in a virtual machine. I think Wine says it the best: “Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs.“
There’s no word on how much money Google has thrown at the Wine developers, but it must be a considerable amount since a lot of fixes have been checked in to the software to get Photoshop CS2 already working. As of right now Photoshop CS3 doesn’t even install, but with Google’s virtually bottomless pocketbook that should definitely be on the horizon.
As with most things running on Wine there are some known issues with Photoshop , but the fact that these improvements are being offered for free is a huge plus. After all, if Google wasn’t sponsoring the improvements they would probably be part of the paid-only CrossOver Linux which is created by the same developers.
So kudos to Google for providing some financial backing to the open source community!