cUsing deb packages to automatically onfigure programs for use on linux

Registered by Jimmy the shoe on 2006-06-01

This is simply an Idea I had. One thing that holds back many users from making the big linux switch is their inability to use their propriatary program such as photoshop or their favorite game. Everyone knows that they can use wine to port programs for use in linux, but they do not wish to take the time needed to research the necessarry steps and manually set up the environment. Bearing this in mind, it would be reletively easy to build a script or even a small UI with the ability to mount a windows partition or drive, scan for the necessarry DLLs, configure the environment (wine) and install the program for users. A user could simply download a deb package and voila, it begins prompting them for things like the CD and the source drive. 5 minutes later a user could be on their way to playing halo or using photoshop. This would be of great value in convincing users to switch to linux, and particularly ubuntu. This would also be a great step in showing organizations the value of coding for the linux platform. If users like linux and its usability, and there is a demand for it, then companies will begin to code for linux. Paraxoxically however, it is these companies programs which keep users from switching. After programs are ported, if demand is great enough, companies will begin to code for linux as it will reduce problems and ensure better performance.

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the same for games?

to ease the installation of programs with wine, autorun can be implemented: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/autorun

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