On Mon, 2002-10-28 at 21:01, Dan Kolb wrote:
Just to play devils advocate. First how do I run
RMs primary maths
software (Don't say Wine as I don't know what ti is or whether it will
work for sure ;-) ) Second if it goes wrong and its Windows its just the
Why not Wine? It works very well for a lot of tasks.
Simply because it takes time to try it out with specific software that
no-one else has tried and time is expensive, particularly when new
adopters are not confident and might not even know WINE exists.
There are also
commercial versions available, which extend the core Wine functionality
(e.g. Crossover Office). I'm using it at work to run Lotus Notes (under
FreeBSD). A major advantage is that you can simply try the software to
see if it works. If it doesn't, you haven't lost anything, apart from a
bit of time.
Yes all the bits of time add up though. Just got a client to-day that
has a web based product that requires Windows Media Player. Ok use the
Crossover at a cost of £800 for 100 user license and down load WMP -
except is it legal to run it not on Windows? Perhaps we can use
RealPlayer or another player with a compatible Codec? Maybe not
insoluble but another problem!
Most Windows software now seems to work under Wine,
unless it does
something *really* strange (and then you have the option of using native
Windows DLLs, rather than native Wine ones).
But it needs setting up and while the application might work, the
installer might not etc.
Yeah. But it'll really only shift when the
educational program makers
write Unix versions of their programs. Once they do that, then schools
may get enough confidence in Unix/Linux.
I agree, and the way to get them to do that is to get more desktop Linux
sites out there and we are working very hard to achieve that. 3 recent
sites with nearly 500 desktops between them, but there are still issues
in terms of running software that Wine, Crossover etc are not ideal
solutions. Still, I did say playing devils advocate ;-) Its still a
struggle worth doing - all I'm really saying is that the shift will not
happen without some considerable effort but fortunately many people are
making that effort, from SUSE to OO.org
and lots of small players like