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Old 01-09-2004, 09:34 AM   #16
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In my opinon, nothing in linux is a waste of time. This is one of the few products where the phrase "if you don't like it, change it" applies. Wine is not a waste of time because it allows some people to work solely with linux and not be forced to use windows. Granted it is not the most stable and easy to use but i would have probably never loaded linux on my gameing machine if wine did not exist to run some of the games that are not native to linux. I am sure some people would have never even tried linux if it was not for wine. Personally i have seen many successes with wine, they do take time, but as long as the finished product works to any degree then it is not a waste of time. And if more people use it, the better it will become with input and improvements.
Old 01-09-2004, 09:43 AM   #17
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I think the concept isn't bad, but part of the idea behind it bothers me. I would like to see commercial software developers write there software natively for linux. I don't want to have to run wine to run an app. It is my opinion that it is a shame that something like wine is even neccesary.

I would rather people use QT or some other cross platform libraries to write there gui desktop applications so it is easy to get running on any operating system.
Old 01-09-2004, 11:17 AM   #18
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I am with jtshaw in this one. It really is a shame the need of Wine to run applications. But then again, MS has done everything they could to monopolize the market. Visual Basic, Windows API, DirectX, MFC. All windows exclusive. Anyone who has ever tried/worked with DirectX knows how terrible designed it is. But MS also knows that whatever they trow at the market peoples will buy and use it. Even with some better alternatives as OpenGL, SDL, qt and gtk (I'd add Java here, but it's still growing up ) windows programmers keep using those MS tools. Which actually is fine. Who would anyway want a windows programmer to develop programs to Linux filled with memory leaks anyway . lol

So I also have to agree with Mugatu. Better wasting my time with wine and supporting WineX ( which is doing a great job IMHO for a symbolic price ) then giving support for a company (and I man that I really dislike) which clearly does not deserve it....

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Old 01-09-2004, 11:24 AM   #19
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Everything I need to do in Windows has an alternative (often a better one) in Linux, except for games. So I reboot to play games - wine is just too much hassle and I've never got it working even halfway decently
Old 01-09-2004, 11:31 AM   #20
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I'm used to do dual boot for games as well. But I'm also tired of changing my graphics card every time a new game comes out with a nicer water effect as the newest Prince of Persia. So this is my last box for playing games. I think it's better to invest in a 200 dollars videogame console than 300 (or 500 as FX was when came out) in a graphics card to get a new texturing mapping as Morrowind's. Also, I'm a bit bored with computer games lately... what are they doing new? A shooter? Or a strategy? Or a shooter? Ph wait, a new Need for Speed, oh no, I need a new graphics card
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You may have better results if you buy a subscription from and grab a winex binary for your system. Especially if you want to play a few games. I haven't had any trouble with wine myself, as there is good documentation for it on the web. Just follow it.


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