[Wine] What Windows apps stand in the way of switching to Linux at your shop?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 11:38:49 CDT 2005

On 10/6/05, Dan Kegel <daniel.r.kegel at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://kegel.com/wine/qa/#app is a list of "must-have"
> Windows applications for various vertical markets
> (at the moment, just k12 schools and churches).
> These are the Windows apps that really keep a school,
> church, or other organization from switching to Linux.
> I'm hoping that this list will help focus Wine QA on
> those key Windows apps, and thereby increase the
> number of groups who can make the jump to Linux.
> If you have any suggestions for the list, please let me know.
> Thanks,
> Dan

There are 3 reasons that I have a KVM with Windows XP on the 'other box':

1) There just doesn't seem to be a program that handles IPTC data in
digital photos well. So I use BrilliantPhoto in XP. I don't care about
open source in this field- give me a good program and I will pay $30
for it! BrilliantPhoto would not run for me in wine. But that was half
a year ago and I have yet to try again. I got the installed to run,
but could not run the program. If anybody wants to take a crack at it,
I'd appreciate it.

2) Amarok just doesn't cut it for music managment. And many of my
mp3's have Hebrew titles, which Amakok refused to display properly
(This may be because the file names were created on a FAT32 drive
running windows. I haven't check that yet.). And, sorry, but
Microsoft's Media Player 10 is probably the best peice of software to
ever come out of Redmond. So that too is on the 'other box'.

3) There are times when i need to run a windows app. Just this week, I
had to convert some mp3's to AMR format. Try finding a linux program
to do that!

Dotan Cohen
Internet Firewalls

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