February 25, 2009


Filed under: linux,windows — SiKing @ 2:10 pm

For the past several days, I have been experimenting with Wine – the WINdows (not!) Emulator. The first, perfectly valid, question is: why bother? Well, I have several devices (iPod, Nokia smart phone, Magellan GPS) that all come with some supporting software – software that will only run under Windows. Allegedly Wine has come a long way. However, I was met with disappointment in every single case. In several cases, the software did not even install, even though the installer said it did. If it did manage to install, it certainly did not work properly, and in most cases it was not able to detect the device it belongs with. Wine is not even able to keep track of what is where, and was not able to uninstall any of the software – rm -rf ~/.wine does the trick nicely. Lucky for me, there are Linux-native replacements that do what I need done.

For my buck, wine is a waste of effort; if I actually need Windows then I will stick with running it in a virtual machine.



  1. I suspect a lot of things in Wine are a work in progress – I filed a few bugs myself, which (according to Google) have been around for some time.
    Originally, Wine was suppose to allow you to run WinApps which you could not live without. However, the apps you could not live without have been replaced with perfectly functional substitutes faster than Wine has been improving.
    I must mention: this is not suppose to be a negative comment against the developers of Wine. I think they have done a tremendous job, and they have done it very well! I just think the goal of Wine should be seriously re-evaluated, and bugs/features re-prioritized.
    Just my two bits…

    Comment by siking — February 27, 2009 @ 7:19 am | Reply

  2. I think all the devices you mentioned use USB to connect.
    USB support under Wine is a work in progress.
    See e.g.

    Comment by Dan Kegel — February 26, 2009 @ 6:34 am | Reply

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