WineHQ should discourage the use of cracks
kai.blin at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 08:35:11 CST 2008
On Tuesday 04 March 2008 13:15:10 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),
No argument on the US part. I'm still convinced that by EU laws, you're
allowed to crack an app you bought in order to make it run on your software.
As this hasn't been tested in court yet, though, I'll concede.
> b) disrespectful of the author of the app, and
Sometimes I wonder if a "look, we found a legal use for a crack" wouldn't be
something that could move a publisher to help make his stuff work. Of course
most publishers probably wouldn't agree to my reasoning in a), making b) a
> c) much more likely to be infected with malware.
No arguments here.
> 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.
Fine with me. I agree with your reasoning of having to avoid being associated
with malware and illegal activities. I think a better solution even for my
point b) is to publicly support publishers who play nice. Did I mention I
really like the fact that Blizzard finally decided to not force me to search
for my star craft cd anymore? :)
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