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Wine 2.0 released
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-01-26 00:47:38

This release represents over a year of development effort and around 6,600 individual changes. The main highlights are the support for Microsoft Office 2013, and the 64-bit support on macOS.

It also contains a lot of improvements across the board, as well as support for many new applications and games. See the release notes below for a summary of the major changes.

As awesome of a project Wine is, I wonder how many people actually use it on a daily basis. Maybe I'm wildly off base here (honestly, I probably am), but it seems like if you're running Linux, there's really nothing Windows applications offer that Linux can't.

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Wine is useful for me
By mrbumpy409 on 2017-01-26 01:03:15
I use Wine mainly for Mixcraft, which I use frequently when I'm composing. It doesn't work perfectly, but certainly well enough for transcribing my piano improvs, and it's much better than having to reboot into Windows. I used to use Finale 2012 in Wine a lot, but I have been preferring MuseScore lately for my notation needs, and it runs natively in Linux. I also use the occasional Windows tool in Wine, but the bulk of my work is done using native Linux programs.
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Game
By Drumhellar on 2017-01-26 01:26:06
I used it to run Diablo 3 for quite a while, until Blizzard added the all-in-one Blizzard launcher, and I couldn't get the launcher to run with the same Bumblebee settings as the game itself.
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Using Wine
By Hank on 2017-01-26 01:31:39
The two things I'd love to try to use it for are World of Warcraft and iTunes (I still have an iPhone). iTunes isnt supported and WoW supposedly is but I've never gotten it to work :(.
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RE: Wine is useful for me
By WorknMan on 2017-01-26 01:42:27
> I use Wine mainly for Mixcraft

I think a lot of musicians would be interested in pro audio tools that are not available on Linux. Especially apps that are dedicated synth editors, like Total Librarian for the Yamaha Motif.
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Comment by ebasconp
By ebasconp on 2017-01-26 01:49:38
I use it to run Total Commander and Notepad++.

Linux has a lot of alternatives to both of them, but I still prefer those Windows based tools.
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Wine om my gentoo
By dylansmrjones on 2017-01-26 01:57:44
I use Wine for AutoCAD R14 (yep, an oldie - I have yet to become comfortable with LibreCAD) and for Steam (looking at switching to the Linux client, but it won't happen yet).
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doh...
By unclefester on 2017-01-26 02:39:18
> As awesome of a project Wine is, I wonder how many people actually use it on a daily basis. Maybe I'm wildly off base here (honestly, I probably am), but it seems like if you're running Linux, there's really nothing Windows applications offer that Linux can't.

Virtually all specialist scientific, engineering, business and legal software is Windows only (or sometimes ported to Mac). There is no Office for Linux, no AutoCad for Linux, no professional quality tax packages, no professional medical practice management software etc etc.

Edited 2017-01-26 02:39 UTC
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RE: doh...
By Alfman on 2017-01-26 03:35:52
unclefester,

> Virtually all specialist scientific, engineering, business and legal software is Windows only (or sometimes ported to Mac). There is no Office for Linux, no AutoCad for Linux, no professional quality tax packages, no professional medical practice management software etc etc.

I agree with that, most commercial applications don't come with any linux support, unfortunately. Sometimes even when there is a viable linux alternative, the proprietary windows software (patient management, CRM, ticket management, VPN, etc) used by clients forces me to also have windows.

As for Office apps, I've made a complete transition to use libreoffice instead of ms-office, sometimes there are conversion issues, but generally it's good enough for my purposes.

Web based applications might be a viable way for businesses to escape the grasp of windows, but personally I still prefer being in control of data with local applications.
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RE: doh...
By BlueofRainbow on 2017-01-26 03:56:03
I would add that most colleges, universities, and medium to large corporations are essentially Windows based for their applications - whether developed internally or purchased. Also, many office support programs (e.g. data entry for time-sheets and expense accounts, training) are Java programs designed especially for the Microsoft Windows/Internet Explorer environment.

This forces independent contractors to follow suite so that their results (documents, spreadsheets, etc.) are compatible with what their clients use.

With Wine, an independent contractor could essentially be immersed in Linux except when needed because the client uses a Windows-only program or that there are compatibility issues.
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OpenMPT and Xara3D3
By ml2mst on 2017-01-26 06:01:18
I use Wine to run OpenMPT and Xara3D3.

There aren't any native Linux alternatives for those two that come even close.

https://openmpt.org/

http://www.xara.com/us/products/...
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