[ubuntu-uk] from win32 to python?

Yorvyk yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com
Tue Jun 14 08:28:00 UTC 2011

On Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:28:09 +0100
andres <andresmp at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> This is a question mainly for developers. I think. It's really a
> curiosity of mine and I have little say in the result of the project.
> Someone I know is thinking of releasing his software. It's a program
> that at it's core is written in Fortran but has the gui written in
> win32. it has other open source programs attached to it as well. All
> bundled up in a nice .exe installer. 
> He has gone through a lot of trouble of learning win32 and actually
> programming the whole GUI. But this at the end means that linux users
> have to run the program through wine. Would you consider this a complete
> disadvantage and a deal breaker if you would want to create a community
> around it and it's worth thinking about "translating" the GUI to
> something like python? Or other more cross-platform compatible
> languages? (I don't know if it runs in Mac for instance).
> Or would this be a bit of reinventing the wheel? 
> It seems to make little difference for an end user as  I've seen wine
> programs in the software centre. Or would it be incredibly more
> efficient if it's a "native" linux program?
> Or would it be more of a question of knowing who your users are going to
> be at the end of the day?
As a user I avoid Wine as I don't find it very reliable and I'm never sure whether it's Wine or the program playing up when things go wrong.
Both GTK and QT are cross platform so I would have thought that is the way to go.  No idea how easy/hard it would to to convert to them or just how crossplatform they are though.


More information about the ubuntu-uk mailing list