Winetools -> wine doors

Karl Lattimer karl at
Sat Mar 25 02:10:55 CST 2006

On Fri, 2006-03-24 at 19:00 +0000, Dr J A Gow wrote:
> > I've looked through the winetools code and it is a clusterf*ck of
> > nonsense. It appears to be in the final stages of code rot, however
> This "clusterf*ck of nonsense" helped me to get a microcontroller
> development suite running under Wine, which otherwise would not install
> natively. After over ten years designing and developing embedded systems,
> there is one thing that stands out. Code that is 'nonsense' does not work
> at all. Code that works may not be elegant, it may not be pretty and
> you may hate the style, but it _works_ and therefore it is not nonsense.
> This code works, is useful and serves a purpose. Just because you don't
> like the way it is written does not make it nonsense. Language, please!

Fair point that it has been useful to you, it has been useful to me
also. Here's what I see.

 * An over complicated bash script, with way too many difficult to
maintain parts
 * An inflexible application, which can only have new applications added
to it by the maintainer
 * A terrible confusing GUI

My choice of words was strong I admit, but I think this application is
ready to go to silicone heaven. 

What I am proposing and indeed working on is;

 * An appdb integrated application manager
 * A clean UI which fits with gnome HIG
 * A flexible, expandable, small and simple application which is easily
maintained but can do everything winetools does.

Maybe nostalgia will keep some people using winetools, or trying to fix
something which is broken. Or maybe a couple people could lend a hand
with this and we could have something better ;)


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