[Bug 5857] Wine doesn't have a desktop
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Sat Aug 5 08:52:36 CDT 2006
------- Additional Comments From ekkehard.morgenstern at onlinehome.de 2006-05-08 08:52 -------
What's the problem with this?
Is it a legal issue?
>From the technical viewpoint, it is incorrect that Wine Explorer behaves like
the File Manager of Windows (NT) 3.x for compatibility with Windows
95,98,NT4,2000,XP. On these versions of Windows, Windows Explorer is a program
that also provides the complete Windows desktop functionality. While I do not
say that Wine Explorer must behave like Windows Explorer, it would be nice to
have the option to have at least something similar. There's no reason why there
can't be a version of Wine Explorer that provides a unique Wine desktop and file
manager. It could be made incompatible with Windows insofar that it doesn't try
to emulate COMCTL32.DLL V6 or Windows Explorer, but would provide a WINECTRL.DLL
that would have specific Wine controls, and a "Wine Explorer" (probably named
differently) with a look and feel different from that of Windows Explorer. This
could even solve legal issues, and could make some difference.
The advantage of such a solution would be that users could've an integrated
experience of the environment. Say, you have a user on workstation that runs
GNU/Linux and Wine, but the user lives in a corporate environment that wants to
migrate but cannot for technical reasons (like, there's some legacy software of
which source code is no longer available), and it happens that the user works
with the legacy software most of the time. Then would it not be convenient to
have all that stuff in one place?
Currently I'm using GNOME, and it's just cumbersome to launch Wine applications
and make links to stuff on the desktop. It's not much easier with KDE too. If
there was a file manager with integrated DND functionality, it would be easy to
drag icons from the Wine side to the GNOME side, for instance.
Well, I'll look into the issue myself, and see what I can do. Perhaps I'll
provide a custom desktop generally running on Windows, and on Wine also, and
people like me will be happy. I could also integrate that in Wine if there no
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