Wine: Pros and Cons?

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Wine: Pros and Cons?

Postby Anzhr » 2008-07-05 14:50

The main con is that it runs closed software developed for a closed environment. I can't think of any piece of software that I would use in it.

I get creeped out by Samba. (Though grateful for everyone's work.)

But is there software that you really need to run in it?
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Re: Wine: Pros and Cons?

Postby Absent Minded » 2008-07-05 15:19

Anzhr wrote:The main con is that it runs closed software developed for a closed environment. I can't think of any piece of software that I would use in it.

I get creeped out by Samba. (Though grateful for everyone's work.)

But is there software that you really need to run in it?


funny, I thought that would be one of the "pros".
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Re: Wine: Pros and Cons?

Postby EMD » 2008-07-05 15:25

Anzhr wrote:The main con is that it runs closed software developed for a closed environment.

Not necessarily. I keep the MS Windows version of Mozilla Firefox installed in Wine for the rare occasion when a website insists that you run MS Windows.

Anzhr wrote:But is there software that you really need to run in it?

Your need to run Wine depends on what you're trying to do. For example, I need create mail merges for other people in MS Office. Yes, OpenOffice does the same job, but they don't use OpenOffice and they aren't going to switch anytime soon. It sucks because I'd like to blow that little piece of crap off of my computer, but "network effects" make it impossible (for me) to live MS-free.
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Re: Wine: Pros and Cons?

Postby Anzhr » 2008-07-05 15:39

EMD wrote:Your need to run Wine depends on what you're trying to do. For example, I need create mail merges for other people in MS Office. Yes, OpenOffice does the same job, but they don't use OpenOffice and they aren't going to switch anytime soon. It sucks because I'd like to blow that little piece of crap off of my computer, but "network effects" make it impossible (for me) to live MS-free.
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Right, that's a good example of a real need (that I don't have).
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Postby BioTube » 2008-07-05 16:40

I just use it to play games.
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Re: Wine: Pros and Cons?

Postby AdrianTM » 2008-07-05 16:44

Anzhr wrote:
EMD wrote:Your need to run Wine depends on what you're trying to do. For example, I need create mail merges for other people in MS Office. Yes, OpenOffice does the same job, but they don't use OpenOffice and they aren't going to switch anytime soon. It sucks because I'd like to blow that little piece of crap off of my computer, but "network effects" make it impossible (for me) to live MS-free.
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Right, that's a good example of a real need (that I don't have).

Yes, let's talk about pros and cons of a program that you don't need... :roll:

(Some) people need to run some specific applications, if they can't run them in Linux they will keep using Windows, and why not? It's silly to move from an OS that runs the application that you need to run to an OS that doesn't. Wine is great in that respect, it gets better day by day and someday when potential Windows converts will complain that [...] legacy software doesn't work in Linux it will be pointed out that it runs beautifully in Wine.
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Postby Lost Dog » 2008-07-07 16:33

BioTube wrote:I just use it to play games.


I'm playing the original "Fallout" via Wine now!

After finding a disk I could not rip to my HTPC I installed DVD Fab's HD DVD Decrypter in Wine and it ripped the movie with no issues...
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Postby cfurlin » 2008-09-17 06:31

BioTube wrote:I just use it to play games.


What's the matter with native Linux games?
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Postby edbarx » 2008-09-17 09:25

I don't have wine installed and the idea of having to install it, makes me shudder!

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Postby canci » 2008-09-17 11:40

BTW, can Wine be used to run viruses and other malware on Linux?
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Postby daengbo » 2008-09-17 12:44

I use it to check out current versions of Abiword and some other OSS software easily.
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Postby AdrianTM » 2008-09-17 13:22

canci wrote:BTW, can Wine be used to run viruses and other malware on Linux?

Yeah, some of them, and not very well, but it's possible. I know somebody who reported that he installed adware on Wine...
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Postby BioTube » 2008-09-17 22:54

cfurlin wrote:
BioTube wrote:I just use it to play games.


What's the matter with native Linux games?
A)Commercial ones are few and far between
B)FOSS games are crap :cry:
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Postby Noven » 2008-09-17 23:55

BioTube wrote:
cfurlin wrote:
BioTube wrote:I just use it to play games.


What's the matter with native Linux games?
A)Commercial ones are few and far between
B)FOSS games are crap :cry:


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Re: Wine: Pros and Cons?

Postby vmclark » 2008-09-18 00:14

Absent Minded wrote:
Anzhr wrote:The main con is that it runs closed software developed for a closed environment. I can't think of any piece of software that I would use in it.

I get creeped out by Samba. (Though grateful for everyone's work.)

But is there software that you really need to run in it?


funny, I thought that would be one of the "pros".
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