[Article] WINE and the importance of application compatibility
scott at open-vote.org
Mon May 18 18:45:14 CDT 2009
David Gerard wrote:
> 2009/5/18 Brian Vincent <brian.vincent at gmail.com>:
>> Which leads me to my $.02: I wonder if there's a sweet spot for Wine
>> adoption somewhere in the middle-tier of the software application popularity
>> contest. For instance, rather than going after Photoshop or Photoshop
>> Elements (which is still a noble goal), what about approaching Paintshop Pro
>> about their Photo x2 product. Or, what about approaching the ISV that
>> created Home Depot's freeware CD for laying out your home design?
>> Specifically, I think there's a lot of proprietary applications without a
>> good alternative (think more of the Home Depot or Sysco's "Rio", etc ). I
>> think there's $$$ to be made for someone who can QA apps with Wine, fix
>> minor issues, package Wine alongside the app, and finally deliver the
>> product to an ISV. I don't think this is something the Wine community
>> itself would be interested in, but I suspect there's someone in the Wine
>> community who's capable of pulling it off. I think there's a lot of angles
>> to the idea that could work.
> 1. Find apps that work pretty much perfectly in Wine.
> 2. Ask them to declare Wine officially supported.
> 3. Add them to http://wiki.winehq.org/AppsThatSupportWine
> 4. Use 3. to add more to 2.
I don't think we'll get much traction with this unless we can reasonably
tell them they only need to test the stable Wine release. But 1.0 is
pretty old these days, so they probably won't bother.
I'll add it to my list of evangelism to do after Wine 1.2 hits. And
also not-so-subtly suggest this is another reason Wine 1.2 needs to
happen sooner ;)
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