Matthew Rosewarne on 17 Mar 2008 09:26:39 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Windows themes (ON-TOPIC, i promise)

On Monday 17 March 2008, wrote:
> I would be much more interested in it successfully mimicing the
> functionality.
> The problem is integrating proprietary programs to run particular
> equipment such as Brother embrodery machines into Linux.  It would be
> nice if WINE did it all.
> I may have been the person talking.  I know that I asked about the issue
> earlier and later made a crack about migrating to Linux only when my
> 486 dropped dead.

For various reasons, approach of completely mimicking the form and function of 
some proprietary software product doesn't tend to work.  WINE is amazing, but 
we can't really rely on it, since full compatibility will always be a moving 
target.  In the case of something like the embroidery machine, the most 
success usually comes from writing a Free driver + software from the 
ground-up, particularly in the long run.

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