[Wine] Clarification of ratings...

Derek McGowan DMcGowan at deniment.on.ca
Tue Jan 13 04:54:16 CST 2009


-----Original Message-----
From: James Mckenzie [mailto:jjmckenzie51 at earthlink.net] 
Sent: January 12, 2009 12:17 PM
To: Derek McGowan; wine-users at winehq.org
Subject: Re: [Wine] Clarification of ratings...

Derek McGowan <DMcGowan at deniment.on.ca> wrote:
Please bottom post on this list.

>Austin English wrote:
>On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 11:08 PM, jeffz <wineforum-user at winehq.org>
>> dimesio wrote:
>>> > By the same reasoning, some native dlls are out of the scope of
>users who do are not licensed to use them.
>>> I have to agree with Austin.  The AppDB is aimed at ordinary 
>>> (meaning
>non-technical) users. Most of these users do not have the skill to 
>patch Wine, but most do have easy access to Windows dlls.
>> It's not a matter of skill, it's a matter of willingness.  So long as
>a user is apt in reading comprehension and they want to expend the 
>effort they can patch and build from source.
>Which also requires finding out how to compile, getting the source 
>code, filling up your machine with development packages so you can 
>compile, etc.
>This argument is moot anyway, as there's no way for us to force users 
>to rate apps by our standard.
> I think there is a way to create a standard rating ... It involves 
>asking more specific questions when entering or updating an app in the 
>appdb, and making them required - like were non standard dlls required 
>(link must be provided), or was a non standard make of wine required 
>(as well as maybe a few others), and scoring these responses on a
>This could potentially provide users (experienced, and new) with a 
>rating giving us a fairly good idea of how difficult it may be to get 
>an app running under wine ...
>Are you willing to undertake this work?  Since most of the web site is
constructed by volunteers, here is >your opportunity to contribute.  
>I do agree that this needs to be addressed.  The 'average' nOOb would
not attempt to compile Wine, but >would be willing to install Windows
based dynamically linked library (dll) files if they were obtained from
>a legal site (this definition varies based upon where the user is
>James McKenzie

Sorry about the top posting ... Will try to remember to bottom post here
form now on ...

   I may shortly end up having to hire a DB programmer, that may have
some spare time ... I could alocate some of his time to the AppDB ...

   Could someone please provide me with a little more info about it ...
Like backend, front end, size etc ...

   I'm not positive I'll be able to help, but I'm certainly willing to
look into and consider it ...

Derek McGowan

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