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Thu Aug 26 14:16:51 CDT 2010

for so long most of us can be accepting of it.  However, Wine
specifically targets a set of users who are transitioning from
Windows.  The first thing they do when they need to run Microsoft
Office is run to Google and type in "Microsoft Office Linux".  The
choices that come up direct them to try out Wine.  So here they are,
trying to figure out Linux package management works, trying to
download and install Wine, and then they have to do some kind of magic
foo like "winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005 ie6" that probably
makes no sense to them.  So, I think we should be helping those users
and making things as easy as we can for them.  Things should Just
Work.  But, if something fails, it should fail gracefully and not in
some mysterious I-think-it's-broken-but-maybe-not-WTF-is-going-on sort
of way.  If we can preempt those errors, I think it's a good thing.

Since we tend to never hear from people who agree with ideas, I'll
just chime in to say I think this is a good idea.  Up to you guys at
what level this should be handled, but I do think that Scott and
Austin's idea to handle this with a wrapper at the packaging level
with just a static list of names solves most of this problem.


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