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On 18/07/15 11:35 AM, Luuk wrote:
On 17-7-2015 23:47, Gary Dale wrote:
On 17/07/15 05:25 PM, charles meyer wrote:
For those on the list using or contemplating Linux, this was interesting.


Frankly though, I'm confused as to why more software vendors don't
compile to libwine .....

libwine is about 'bondage'......

It seems some people are just into bondage.  :)

Not really. Wine has a free license (LGPL). While the individual programs you run on Wine may have other licenses, you aren't obligated to use programs whose license doesn't meet your expectations.

What Wine and Libwine do is allow developers to develop and test cross-platform programs on a Linux platform. I have a program that I developed exactly that way. While I could compile a Linux-specific version, I find it easier to just market the single version since it runs on Linux and Windows.

The point is that there is no extra work to develop and sell a Linux version of your software if you use the right products. And you not only get a larger target market but also give your customers greater flexibility.

For example, I support a small office that uses a Windows-only program. The developers not only don't make a Linux version but they double-down on bondage by only using Windows databases (Access or SQLServer for an extra charge). Had they supported MySQL/MariaDB, I could have at least moved the database to a separate server without worrying about extra licensing, etc..

Windows is like a pyramid scheme that way. They sucker developers into using only their products so that users have no choice but to buy licenses to run their products properly.

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