schwepes on 18 Mar 2008 12:03:15 -0700

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

On Mon, 17 Mar 2008, brent saner wrote:

> Hash: RIPEMD160
> Matthew Rosewarne wrote:
> |
> | 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.
> i'd also like to mention at this point that from an ethical
> standpoint, i'm somewhat uncomfortable with WINE. i see it as giving
> developers an excuse to not explicity port their software or release
> their code openly.
> community: can you release a GNU/Linux port?
> developers: maybe, if enough demand is shown.
> (after a week, month, etc.)
> community: can you please release a GNU/Linux port? we've been using
> it under WINE for a while now, and it works okay with some tweaking,
> but we'd really like to be able to use it without an abstraction layer.
> developers (amongst themselves): oh, it works in WINE? why would we
> even bother porting it/releasing code if we don't have to? it's not as
> if they NEED it since it works under WINE just fine.
> so in short, i feel WINE encourages vendor lock-in which, although the
> WINE community has put forth an AMAZING effort and does some fantastic
> things of which we're all incredibly grateful, i still don't think it
> should be as prevalent a solution as it is often presented.
> - --
> Brent Saner
> 215.264.0112(cell)
> 215.362.7696(residence)

It provides the dread pausible deniability so that developers can
make nice with Redwood Washington and yet pretend that they have
done what is necessary for the rest of us.

> Bill Gates is to hacking as Sid Vicious was to the Sex Pistols: no
> talent, everyone hates him, and he's just in it for the fame and money.
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