SourceForge (SF): Tell me about the Wine project please.
Marcus Meissner (MM): The Wine project was launched with the goal to run Windows applications on the Linux operating system and also to provide a porting environment for Windows applications to Linux.
As it was launched around 1993 these were mostly Windows 3.1 applications.
SF: What made you start this?
MM: We started this project because a commercial vendor (WABI) alternative has shown it feasible to do and we wanted to provide an opensource implementation.
SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
MM: Yes, its original vision has been achieved after 15 years of development we had declared a Wine 1.0 release in 2008.
It took very long as Windows itself is a moving target.
Various commercial products embed Wine or are actually Wine in a commercial offering. Nearly every Linux user [has] heard of Wine.