Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th May 2009 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Many Linux users have experience with Wine, the application compatibility layer which allows some Windows programs to run on UNIX-like machines. During Ubuntu's Open Week event, Mark Shuttleworth was asked about Wine, and how important he believes it is for the success of Ubuntu.
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RE: I am a WINE fan.
by ephracis on Tue 5th May 2009 23:58 UTC in reply to "I am a WINE fan."
ephracis
Member since:
2007-09-23

I've used it for years. Why would I bother to waste money on a Windows license for 3 Windows apps when I use 30 OSS applications?

Cause you get a license with almost every computer you buy today. Most people have a license. I got one on my laptop. Never used it, though.

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RE[2]: I am a WINE fan.
by aitvo on Wed 6th May 2009 00:41 in reply to "RE: I am a WINE fan."
aitvo Member since:
2006-09-03

I suppose that's true.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

But then, when it came home the Mobo was in one box, the GPU in another, the case in another... hehehe..

Ah, who am I kidding, I have my XP license from older machines and previous jobs along with the rest of 'em in my OS collection. Thank goodnes for virtualization rather than having to juggle OS between fewer physical machines.

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RE[2]: I am a WINE fan.
by Jokel on Wed 6th May 2009 13:24 in reply to "RE: I am a WINE fan."
Jokel Member since:
2006-06-01

Hmm...

I never buy a complete set. I always choose the components I like, so every computer in my house is just perfect ... ehrmmmm.. well - for me it is ;-)

By using this approach I am never been forced to buy any OS with the equipment, so I really have a free choice. This is not for everyone tough...

I am only out of luck if I want to use a laptop. Fortunately in my country there is a very active (online) second hand market with surprisingly new and cheap laptops - without any OS (or a not longer "legal" OS that can be wiped out in seconds).

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RE[3]: I am a WINE fan.
by WereCatf on Wed 6th May 2009 13:31 in reply to "RE[2]: I am a WINE fan."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I am only out of luck if I want to use a laptop. Fortunately in my country there is a very active (online) second hand market with surprisingly new and cheap laptops - without any OS (or a not longer "legal" OS that can be wiped out in seconds).

Here they're selling barebones laptops, ie. you have to supply any drives, the processor, memory and all that, the laptop itself only consists of easy-to-open case and a motherboard. And there's quite some selection in the motherboards, too.

Such a thing would probably suit you perfectly ;)

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RE[3]: I am a WINE fan.
by ephracis on Wed 6th May 2009 14:27 in reply to "RE[2]: I am a WINE fan."
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Yeah, I do the same. But that's for the desktop. I always get a license when I buy a laptop.

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RE[3]: I am a WINE fan.
by boldingd on Thu 7th May 2009 21:57 in reply to "RE[2]: I am a WINE fan."
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

I got my laptop from Asus (well, Acer): the hardware is decently configurable, and you can choose what OS license to buy with the machines... or not to buy an OS license. I'm using Ubuntu, runing a few games through Wine, having never paid for a Windows license (well, at least not for this machine. ;)

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