Malware on Wine review

Austin English austinenglish at
Mon Feb 23 18:27:14 CST 2009

On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 5:58 PM, Zachary Goldberg <zgold at> wrote:
> 2009/2/23 Dan Kegel <dank at>:
>> Ben Klein <shacklein at> wrote:
>>>> "Do not set the file association for Windows executables with Wine.
>>>> This would enable running Windows executables in Wine by simply double
>>>> clicking them."
>>>> I saw a patch floating by to turn this on by default recently.  Maybe
>>>> we should make it off by default, but easy to turn on...?
>>> This would annoy all the people that the association targets. We can
>>> either make it easy to run all Windows apps (malware and legit) via
>>> file manager, or none at all.
>> Yes, exactly.  The default should be off, and it should be easy to
>> turn on.
>> - Dan
> I disagree on this point.  Is malware via Wine on Linux really a
> problem commonly affecting users?  What happened to replicated
> Window's behavior bug for bug?  User X might ask: double clicking an
> exe works in Windows why shouldn't it in Linux?  Why should user X
> have to go through an extra step to do something on Linux than they
> would on Windows?
> -Zach



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