[Bug 15912] Wine GUI - Wine Installer / "Bottles" for Wine - GUI Management of Installtation with Seperate Prefix Trees

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Wed May 6 16:51:32 CDT 2009


Scott Ritchie <scott at open-vote.org> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|UNCONFIRMED                 |ASSIGNED
     Ever Confirmed|0                           |1

--- Comment #2 from Scott Ritchie <scott at open-vote.org>  2009-05-06 16:51:32 ---
I am working on getting a great deal of Wine integration done.  I should have
something to show by the end of the month at the Ubuntu developer summit - so
far it's mostly panel applets and frontends to modifying the registry.  It's
easy enough to make this stuff Wineprefix aware in the code, however presenting
a reasonable user interface to the user is a bit tougher problem.

In particular, we run into difficulties about where to put the various menu
items, especially in the case of duplicates.  If I install Steam and Half Life
2 into one bottle, then install steam and Left for Dead in another, what do we
do with the start menu?  How do we handle the removal of these programs?  I'm
extending Gnome-App-Install to make Wine programs uninstallable through
add/remove programs, so it would need to be made clear to the user what a
prefix is, which prefix the app is in, and so on.

Similarly, we run into issues with prefixes when we talk about having a
centralized tool for minimal Wine configuration (System->Preferences->Windows
Applications); if there are multiple wineprefixes, that would need to be aware
of them (which may be easy enough), but then it also would need to allow the
user to configure them independently.

Anyway, getting the integration stuff for the default prefix is a more
important task than making it all prefix aware, since in most cases the default
prefix will be fine.  We may want to have an optional "run this installer and
create a new wine prefix for it" option, which I'm experimenting with

Many thanks to Christian Dannie, by the way, who is helping me with this stuff.

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