Project Organization

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Organization of the Wine Project

Wine is a member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy which provides a non-commercial home and infrastructure for Wine. Conservancy holds all of the financial assets of the Wine Project as well as our trademarks. Conservancy also provides advice and some measure of protection on legal matters. Formally, there is a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement between Conservancy and an initial group of individuals known as the Wine Committee. Those individuals are Austin English, Alexandre Julliard, Marcus Meissner, Michael Stefanuic, and Jeremy White.

The Wine Committee is primarily responsible for determining how the funds raised by donations are allocated. Recently, the spending has entirely been to help sponsor the Wine conference. In early 2019, Henri Verbeet proposed that the committee also take responsibility for determining the location of the next Wine conference.

The Wine Committee does not have influence over technical aspects of Wine. Instead, there is one maintainer, Alexandre Julliard. Alexandre took over development in 1994 and he is the Dictator-in-chief of applying patches (averaging around 40 a day). There is a system of sub maintainers who provide technical input to Alexandre.


CodeWeavers is the principal corporate sponsor of Wine, employing a bunch of developers as well as Alexandre. Approximately 2/3 of patches into Wine are from CodeWeavers staff, either on or off company time. CodeWeavers also helps sponsor the Wine conference as well as providing hosting for the WineHQ web site. While CodeWeavers main commercial interest in Wine is its use in the Crossover product, they take their responsibility for being a good open source citizen very seriously and even encourage enhancements to Wine that compete with Crossover.

Other Free Software Projects

Wine has a lot of dependencies on other pieces of free software. These include things like sound and graphics libraries that Wine needs to run applications. In some cases, Wine is the principle reason for certain technologies or standards being developed. Wine is in turn a component of other projects, such as Linux distributions that include Wine so that users can run Windows applications.

Wine is also part of a greater open source community composed of many projects. Wine needs to work on many platforms, including different desktop environments and operating systems. Consequently, Wine has historically played a role in helping define or encourage the adoption of certain standards.

Other Companies

CodeWeavers isn't the only company with an interest in Wine.

TODO: Summer Of Code, other corporate friends.

Press Contacts and Spokesperson

If you are writing an article or something similar, you can send an email to [email protected]. This will get forwarded to several active Wine developers in different time zones, who may be able to respond to you more immediately if you're on a deadline.

This page was last edited on 15 August 2023, at 10:27.