blizzard conference

Scott Ritchie scott at
Thu May 10 11:46:23 CDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-05-08 at 08:22 +0200, Kai Blin wrote:
> On Tuesday 08 May 2007 05:34, Dan Kegel wrote:
> > Hey, that's only an hour away, maybe I / Lei / Nigel can drop by.
> >
> > But what's the "itchy /etc/hosts bug"?  Is that
> > ?
> I would assume so. I don't know if telling them is going to fix anything, 
> though. For new games, I hope they're not using gethostbyname(gethostname()) 
> anyway. For the other issues that are hitting us with that bug, all seem to 
> be valid winsock programming. I'd rather have someone talk to them about 
> better overall wine compatibility.

Does anyone have statistics we can present about how many Wine users
playing Blizzard games there are out there?

The closest thing I've ever seen was a steam-based hardware survey Valve
released a couple of years ago.  Even then, there were tens of thousands
of Wine users playing Steam games.  With Wine more popular now and World
of Warcraft often working better than in Windows, it seems pretty
reasonable that there would be even more Wine-based WoW players.

Perhaps we could ask Blizzard to just include a simple test for Wine's
registry key in their software and then keep statistics on it.

Scott Ritchie

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