Wine by default?

David Nielsen david at
Sat Jan 27 15:46:05 UTC 2007

On lør, 2007-01-27 at 04:12 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> Hi
> What are the thoughts on installing Wine by default in Desktop and KDE 
> spins for Fedora 7? It might make it more easier for migrations and 
> heterogeneous environments if we installed and integrated with Wine by 
> default.

I would strongly oppose this for the following reasons:

a) It would be read as encouragement to run proprietary software which
cannot be supported (but will result in poor Will Woods being flooded
with reports as experience tells us)

b) It will mainly be expected to run games, which Wine doesn't - this
also becomes a support trap and the myth that it's a migration tool is
thus shown false and our users get a bad experience with Fedora since
their applications won't work.

For people who need to run Windows apps, Windows is a perfectly fine
platform and with KVM I am to understand we can run it virtualized
environment (provided you have the hardware) which would be safer and
zero support on hands of the applications in question (we do need to
support kvm, virt-manager and friends). 

- David Nielsen

"Ridicule is the only weapon that can be used against unintelligible
propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them.” 
-Thomas Jefferson 
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