WineHQ should discourage the use of cracks
vit.hrachovy at sandbox.cz
Tue Mar 4 07:49:39 CST 2008
Dan Kegel wrote:
> I've been fighting against the notion that the
> wine project encourages cracks for some time now.
> Cracked versions of apps are bad because they are
> a) illegal (at least in the US),
> b) disrespectful of the author of the app, and
> c) much more likely to be infected with malware.
> One place we still do it is in our appdb ratings definitions;
> which say
> "Gold: Application works flawlessly with some DLL overrides or other
> settings, crack etc. "
> I propose that we change the appdb ratings definitions
> so that an app that only works with a crack gets no higher
> than bronze.
> Any objections?
> - Dan
in fact a DLL override may be another form of 'crack' - given the
situation I'm not owner of a Windows copy and need to override MS DLL
which is not free to use without Windows license.
I think we should not mix up the functionality ratings with legality
ratings. I consider this a politicspeak, not techspeak.
Given the problem above - we can solve it by rewording in a similar
spirit but leaving the bad word out:
"Gold: Application works flawlessly with some DLL overrides or other
settings, etc. Copy protection issues are not considered as issues here."
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