autorun perhaps dangerous (Was: Wine release 0.9.53)

L. Rahyen research at
Sun Jan 13 07:39:19 CST 2008

On Sunday January 13 2008 12:52:22 Steven Edwards wrote:
> On Jan 13, 2008 6:24 AM, Dmitry Timoshkov <dmitry at> wrote:
> > My impression was that Wine follows the requests and demands of Linux
> > (and other supported OSes) users, not the Windows' ones regardless of
> > their powerfulness.
> Well most Windows power users are used to a graphical registry editor
> where Wine supports a text registry and we all know how much Linux
> users love flat text file manipulation. Perhaps we should revert the
> graphical registry editor for this and reasons I mentioned in the
> prior email....

	I see no reason to revert currently abailable tools without *really good* 
technical or legal reason. Sorry but this would be simply... not smart, 
	I like the ability to edit registry directly with text editor but this 
doesn't mean that I don't need GUI tool for that. Reasons are simple: with 
GUI I have tree with registry keys and with plain text I have sequence of 
registry keys. I think it is obvious why one would prefer tree instead of 
sequence in some cases and sequence instead of tree in other cases.
	BTW, msconfig isn't very popular tool. Just compare how many Windows users 
have used regedit and how many have used msconfig (and how freqently it is 
used in comparison with regedit). And of course many Linux users simply don't 
know about it. This means that even if we include msconfig its use will not 
be as intuitive as winecfg use for purpose of editing startup keys. Therefore 
winecfg is better for that purpose. In fact, use of winecfg will be obvious 
for all WINE users - including Windows power users.
	If we can include msconfig - good, but in my opinion its inclusion doesn't 
mean that winecfg shouldn't support editing of startup keys. Therefore, its 
inclusion or rejection isn't important to WINE Project (in other words, this 
is minor issue). As I said, winecfg is more convenient and intuitive for that 

	If you disagree with WINE policy related to ReactOS you need to talk to AJ 
directly (for example, on IRC channel).  Multiple requests to exclude existing 
tools on wine-devel without good reasons will not help to make WINE or its 
current policy better, really.

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