Just another post to vote *against* wine being included in Mint. Here's my opinion :
I personally think that wine should not even exist. If i want to run a windows app, then i run windows.
I particularly want to insist on the fact that saying to a windows user (and linux ignorant)
"Hey, you should run linux instead of windows, it does everything and you can even install your windows apps on it"
is just a *big* mistake.
While the main argument for wine is about game playing, if i were that "windows user", i think it would go like this :
"if i can install windows games on linux, why wouldn't i install the programs i'm used to along with it ?"
Then, that user would end up running not only those games, but also Ms Office, internet explorer, windows media player, and so on...
I mean, what the hell is that ???
If the only reason for switching to linux is because nowadays you're "cool" when you say "M$ sucks, linux rulezzz" and stuff like that, then please don't bother...
It's great for linux to get an always growing amount of users, but i don't think this kind of user is helpful in anyway for linux.
To those who will tell me that it's because linux is free, i would say "did you really buy your version of windows ? did you really buy the games you wanna run with linux ?"
If i put money in to get a nice video game, then i want it to run nicely, without crashes or bugs, so i'll run it with windows, the OS it was made for, and not with wine (and risk getting eventual crashes or bugs etc...)
And to those who will speak about security, virus-free etc, it is just because hackers like to hack windows and not linux... Put the same amount of people doing viruses for windows at work on doing such for linux and you'll get the same results...
I am no anti-microsoft guy, if i'm running linux at this time, it is because it fits my needs. In fact, for me, the first reason why i use linux is because i'm in computer studies and i have to develop on both unix and windows platforms. And i think microsoft makes great products, for instance, i think linux still misses an IDE as powerful as Visual Studio, but as i said, i found something here that fits my needs and i would definitely never think about running Visual Studio using wine ! (if ever that would be possible)
Now, wine does exist, and i don't mean its developers aren't doing a great job working at it, but there are so many distributions that include it, if you want wine, just use those distros...
Well, i think this is long enough...
CU guys and enjoy yourselves
edit: hoppel: don't take all this personally, but i think you raised a debate that had to be done once and for all... Viel Erfolg mit Linux und Wine