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On Sat, 2015-07-18 at 12:00 -0400, Gary Dale wrote:
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 


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.

The rather dishonest propaganda of proprietary software tends to be: "if
you don't pay for a product, then you *are* the product". What they fail
to say is that if you do pay for a product, you are also the product and
pay considerably to remain the product as well.


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