Google funds Wine to improve Photoshop use
In an email to the Wine mailing list late last week, Google software engineer Dan Kegel described how Google has been contracting the CodeWeavers Wine team to improve support for PhotoshopCS on Linux and how Google employees are using their free time to fix Wine bugs.
“Google uses Wine primarily as the basis for the Linux port of our photo management software, Picasa. In fact, the Linux version is exactly the Windows build of Picasa, bundled with a lightly patched version of Wine. Most of the work in that port was to improve Wine so it could handle Picasa, and that work is still going on. Codeweavers did the initial port, and Googlers Lei Zhang, Nigel Liang, and Michael Moss are improving Wine further for Picasa 2.7.”
In a survey a year ago Photoshop was the application voted to be the most important application to port to Linux. Wine is an emulation application tat allows users to run Windows software on Linux.
“Google also sponsored some work by Codeweavers to improve support for Photoshop (’cause so many people want it) and for Dragon Naturally Speaking (’cause even Linux users get RSI). While not yet perfect, those apps are a lot more usable now as a result. In particular, Photoshop CS and CS2 are quite usable indeed. (See http://wiki.winehq.org/AdobePhotoshop for details.),” Kegel writes.
Kegel also points out that he and other Google employees are using their 20% time to work on and fix Wine bugs. Google famously allows its employees to use 20 percent of their time to work on projects of their own interest.
More details on Google’s work on Wine can be found here.