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Wine gets better, but not perfect, with age

Wine gets better, but not perfect, with age

Posted Nov 4, 2010 14:02 UTC (Thu) by wookey (subscriber, #5501)
Parent article: Wine gets better, but not perfect, with age

I've found wine to be vital in the area of building design. There are hundreds if not thousands of tiddly little programs for helping to design and cost buildings: U-value calculators, dewpoint calcs, hundreds of apps for calculating how many fixings of a particular type you need, or which size bracket, or how many bricks, what size rafters, and so on. It's a huge area, largely untouched by Free Software currently. You can't design anything non-trivial without wine at the moment (or at least it would be incredibly hard work). I've really enjoyed the way that most of this stuff 'just works' under wine. Even google sketchup with a bit of faffing.

I wrote a little page about how we really ought to start work on this whole area - some intergrated Building information systems software and bringing together stuff that does exist could make something incredibly useful:
http://wookware.org/openbuilding/

That badly needs turning into a wiki and a project to start making some progress. Do please contact me if you agree it's interesting. So far there are about 2 of us...


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Wine gets better, but not perfect, with age

Posted Nov 4, 2010 14:32 UTC (Thu) by promotion-account (guest, #70778) [Link]

Indeed. There are lots of software areas outside of the free software realm; a recent case I faced was software for programming different kinds of hearing aids.

Wine gets better, but not perfect, with age

Posted Nov 5, 2010 15:20 UTC (Fri) by tnoo (subscriber, #20427) [Link]

Most data loggers can just be programmed with some Windows software. Unfortunately they usually need Serial or USB ports, which only sometimes work under Wine. What usually works is Windows XP under Virtualbox, but this is not as fine-grained as having apps run under Wine, and the Windows are not managed by the X11 window manager.

Good serial communication would be vital for this task.


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