WINE for Wii-Linux?

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Oct 21, 2011

WINE for Wii-Linux? by Elliander at 7:06 PM (1,468 Views / 0 Likes) 10 replies

  1. Elliander
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    I found "Wii-Linux" which installs a Linux Operating System onto the Nintendo Wii. This got me thinking... if someone could get W.I.N.E. could be made to run with it then it would be possible to install windows games on a Wii. So maybe I could, for example, install an MMORPG on the Wii. More specifically I think if someone just wanted to get Windows games quickly ported to the Wii someone could just use the piece of Linux and WINE that runs windows programs (since using windows code directly would be against the law) to create a Windows Compatibility Layer right on top of the Wii and then have a system to quickly turn a .exe or installer into a Homebrew App game.

    Is anything like that possible?
     
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    I dont know, but I doubt it or it likely would have happened already.
     
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    do you really think the wii has the resources for that? and besides, it wont work. wine only works on x86 processors.

    http://wiki.jswindle.com/index.php/Installing_Wine#Non_X86_Processors_ARM_etc..
     
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    Wine can work on non x86 cpus by adding a x86 emulation underneath it
    This was eg done to run it on the old power pc macs (names darwine iirc)

    but I expect ANY (!) working pc you can still get your hands on to peform much better for windows gaming
    my first PC had more ram + storage then the wii and that was almost 2 decades ago and had not to run 2 emulation layers
     
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    You had a PC with more than 88MB of ram in 1991?
     
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    Jeeze. I remember back with our old 486/dx2 my mom had paid over $100 for a 1MB stick of ram, and IIRC that was back in '92
     
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    well it was more the start of '94 and I was under the impression wii-linux could only use the 24 mib part
    but I might remember it wrong (or it changed)
    I only used it for one single day to try and write to wbfs partitions over the network
     
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    You would need to use qemu as well. Qemu can be used to run x86 linux programs on other CPUs. It is a pain to set up as you need to install a bunch of x86 linux libraries as well.
     
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    I can see all of this effort would make this barely able to run Commander Keen.... which could run under DOSBox with a lot less effort.

    BTW, Who REALLY uses WiiLinux for anything anyways? We should make a poll.
     
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    I can't see much use for it except as a network terminal
    but imho thats a really handy fallback in case of pc problems
     
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    I use Wii Linux as my main operating system.
     

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