Home > Linux > Interview with Mike Hearn of Wine and Autopackage Fame Interview with Mike Hearn of Wine and Autopackage Fame Submitted by BV 2004-05-13 Linux 6 Comments WineHQ has an interview with Mike Hearn, the Wine and Autopackage developer (and also frequent OSNews reader). You can read 12 more interviews with Wine developers in their archives. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 6 Comments 2004-05-14 12:32 am Anonymous Between work for Wine, starting Autopackage, and having a realistic outlook on what linux “needs”, Mike Hearn is probably my current voted MVP for “Team Linux”. 2004-05-14 4:53 am Anonymous i Second that, Mike is the man I’m so impressed with “Autopackage” i would surely easye those problems newbies having with installing various programs (MPlayer, etc.). 2004-05-14 4:55 am Anonymous i meant : “I’m so impressed with “Autopackage” it would surely help newbies who is having problems with installing various programs (MPlayer, etc.). 2004-05-14 5:33 am Anonymous Mike Hearn is probably my current voted MVP for “Team Linux”. I don’t know about MVP, but if he gets CoolEdit 2.x working under Wine, I’ll be his bitch 2004-05-14 8:42 am Anonymous Autopackage is a real step in the right direction. Its a breath of fresh air that will hopefully over-rule the various apt clones to provide one standard base for installing applications on linux, much like MSI works on Windows. Having a graphical package builder (for e.g. like Wise) for linux will be “the next big thing” I look out for as linux’s popularity in the desktop arena grows. Once linux has the sort of application installer portability that Windows users enjoy, it should encourange the large software vendors to realise that linux really is a solution they want to target with their applications. It’s good to see Wine progressing, and how it is moving forward in almost all areas of development. I think a lot of people complain about the “slow progress” made by the team, but I tink what they have achieved so far is an immense achievement. Coupling Wine for standard windows application portability, with mono for .net cross platform code reuse, and autopackage for generic distribution installers, the future is looking very bright. 2004-05-14 2:43 pm Anonymous many of us in the hobbyist-newbie category are realling rooting for the continued development of autopackage.