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Re: [SLUG] Best WINE Front end ..?
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Best WINE Front end ..?
- From: Daniel Pittman <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 09:42:19 +1000
- Organization: I know I put it down here, somewhere.
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Kyle <kl@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> Daniel Pittman wrote:
>> Kyle <kl@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> I've been looking for a WINE front end to run some MS
>>> apps. (specifically MYOB, but others as well)
>> When you say "front end", what are you thinking of?
>> I ask because my Ubuntu system works exactly as I would expect:
>> running the MYOB installer through Wine installed the software and
>> added the "Start Menu" folders and icons into the KDE "Wine" menu.
> As I understand it, things like playonlinux add a user-friendliness
> form of GUI which makes WINE simpler to configure and install,
Simpler than using the existing tools supplied with your distribution to
install the supported software packages? I would be surprised.
> whilst at the same time you still have access to the underlying
> aspects of WINE if you want.
Again, I don't really understand what you mean. Wine doesn't really
have "underlying aspects" in any meaningful sense -- it isn't like you
get a dozen separate utilities to run.
You just, you know, run 'wine example.exe' and it works.
> If WINE is complete, why do further applications which sit on top of
> it exist?
Good question. Again, this depends on what /you/ mean be "complete", in
that I can't answer your question because wine is, so far as I can tell,
functional and complete.
> My current understanding is that I'm likening playonlinux (and such
> apps) is to WINE just as GKrellm is to lm_sensors.
> Is this incorrect?
I think so, in that your question seems to carry the same assumption as
before: that wine is somehow "deficient", "incomplete" or "broken" as
shipped, and that third party solutions are required to provide a GUI
front end to do ... something.
I still don't know what that something is, though, and I am having
trouble even imagining what it could possibly be.
Now, if you had talked about, for example, commercial support for
Microsoft Office, or better support for Windows games, then this
would have made sense.
Talking about a "user friendly GUI" to something that doesn't really
have a command line, as such, doesn't make much sense though.
 ... or double-click on the executable in your file manager.
 At least for a while some of the non-free branches of wine had
better support for this. I don't know if that is still true.