[Wine]Re: winetools

Joachim von Thadden thadden at web.de
Fri Feb 18 19:04:02 CST 2005

Am Fr, Feb 18, 2005 at 09:55:43 -0300 schrieb Manoel Pinho:
> Did you see these articles:
> http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/17/1318212&tid=125&tid=109&tid=106
> and
> http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1766738,00.asp
> ?
> M$ sucks !!
> This would break any efforts like your winetools...

Yes, I read it. But what's the point?

1. I never use Windows Update in WineTools (what in the hell for?)
2. There will always be CDs/DVDs or other download locations where you
   can get appropiate patches for M$ software like Office.
3. I am sure that there will always and very soon be a patch for Wine
   to get around such problems.

But most important: Wine is not the API for using M$ software with
Linux. It's the API for using programs that use the Windows API. It's
not a piece of software running M$ Office!

If you want to use Linux on your desktop you have to do a migration.
Wine is the helper for that.  To use a professional software for every
day work in your office you should definitely look for alternatives than
to chase a buggy and expensive proprietary software. Use Wine to plan,
prepare and smoothen your migration, not to bypass it. And better use
CrossOver as many programs run better with it (although it is not
supported by WineTools yet, but this is because a lack of license and

There are many nice little and medium size programs and tools using the
Windows API. Most of them have real alternatives under Linux. For some
(DVDShrink) there are no good alternatives. Use Wine for them. Don't use
Wine to use programs that are already available under Linux. If you want
to use mainly Windows programs than you are on the wrong place using
Linux on your desktop. Use Windows. It' incredible that it works if you
look at the API, but somehow it works ;-)

Note that I cross posted this answer to the wine-users mailing list
(http://www.winehq.org/mailman/listinfo/wine-users) as the topic was
discussed today.

	Joachim von Thadden
"Never touch a running system! Never run a touching system?
          Never run a touchy system!!!"

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