ia32-libs [was: Bringing Wine into Main]

Scott Ritchie scott at open-vote.org
Wed Dec 17 17:38:27 GMT 2008

Stephan Hermann wrote:
> Moins,
> On Wed, 2008-12-17 at 11:08 +0100, Martin Pitt wrote:
>> Hi Scott,
>> Scott Ritchie [2008-12-15  2:22 -0800]:
>>> After some discussion with a few core devs at UDS, I feel it is time to
>>> formally propose that Wine be moved into main.
>> Already discussed at UDS, but for the records: Support for (more or
>> less) OOTB running windows applications has been one of my pet peeves,
>> since many people asked me for how to convert their business over to
>> free software, but were stuck on one particular Windows app. This
>> indeed seems to be a blocker for acceptance.
>> Besides the ia32-libs problem (which I'll comment on below), this by
>> and large requires a firm commitment to maintaining wine. Would be
>> great if you would be willing to do that full-time.
> I don't think this will happen at any time...wine 1.0 needed 15 years of
> work of people...and if wine wants to support all apps on the windows
> market...how many years we will work on that?

Some applications already work more or less perfectly once Wine is
installed.  If you only need those applications and are considering a
migration, then the only assurance you'll need is that there won't be
any Wine regressions.  That's a very reasonable maintenance burden for
us to take, especially if we stick to stable Wine releases or keep a
list of supported applications.

Scott Ritchie

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