Matthew Rosewarne on 19 Jan 2008 13:01:03 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] One True OS

On Saturday 19 January 2008, W. Chris Shank wrote:
> WINE? Seriously? What are you going to do when you think the
> application works, but then there is that one feature the user needs
> once a quarter. They click that menu action and the system craps out.
> Then you have to spend 3 days looking for help, discover that you need
> a feature in the current SVN version and now you need to download and
> compile it - but it then breaks some other feature that used to work.

That's why it's an opportunity, not a done deal.  It would at best be a 
stopgap measure, but many businesses seem to have no problem jumping from 
stopgap to stopgap in perpetuity.

> How far in the wind are you willing to stick your bare behind?
> Sometimes, you do need vendors with support teams that can help you.
> It totally sucks to have users breathing down your neck to fix
> something and have no place to turn.

The whole point is that MS isn't going to help you, and there's no real 
possibility of updating these duck-tape-and-string homegrown apps.  In that 
situation, being able to run it in Wine (or for paid support, Crossover) 
would be a real life-saver.  Sure, you should rewrite the app, but there's 
often a wide margin between what people should do and what they actually do.

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