Canonical and wine

Remco remco47 at
Wed Dec 10 18:04:20 CST 2008

Canonical doesn't want to include Wine, because they are trying to
provide a complete desktop experience. Wine is a necessity for many
people, but Canonical wants to market Ubuntu as the Linux distribution
that works well for normal usage. Including a half-working
Windows-emulator (functionality emulator) doesn't fall within that
mission. It gives the message that Ubuntu on its own isn't ready (true
or not). Why would they want to switch from a good product (Windows)
to an inferior one with spotty support for Windows applications?

I don't see them providing packages for proprietary applications. Not
for the Ubuntu project, which is completely free (except drivers).
Maybe through the Canonical store, which also provides a legal but
proprietary DVD player.


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