Over the weekend, a website called ALKYPROJECT.COM sent press releases to most of the major Apple websites. The promises of this software not only seem impossible to deliver on, but unrealistic.
The claims sound very fishy ... and reminds me a lot of the Cherry OS. I find it quite ironic that the name of the software initiative, which is a play of WINE for Linux is also an alchohol reference ... you'd have to be drunk to make the claims this software promises.
Wikipedia definition for WINE (stands for Wine Is Not Emulation)
From the ALKY.COM website:
Alky (pronounced "AL-KEE") is a tool that allows you to convert a Windows executable to a Mac OS X or Linux binary. We are focused on high-end gaming at the moment, though we will support other applications in the future. Our binary translation layer is already working fully for OS X and Linux support is in progress. Of course, Windows applications use a very different set of libraries from Linux or OS X applications so we are also working on a library called LibAlky that will provide those Windows libraries to the application.
How is Alky different from Wine?
Alky may seem similar to Wine/libwine in many ways, but Alky differs on a few major points:
Alky requires no Wine server-like software, reducing overhead greatly.
Alky converts binaries rather than running them through it at runtime, so a vendor can use it to port an application and ship with it without requiring any additional dependencies on the user's machine.
Since Alky runs at the binary level, applications can be ported without any access to the source.
Since Alky doesn't depend on access to the source to port applications (as noted in #3) we can greatly clean up the APIs, so long as we keep them binary-compatible. This gives us a lot of freedom.
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