Originally Posted by Jimi
I feel like this guide shouldn't have mentioned WINE so soon. It seems very stereotypical that most people coming from Windows always try to run everything in WINE. I try to stress that you should try to find a native application, and only use WINE as a last resort.
i have often felt WINE should be stricken from all noob guides and talk, it leads them down a path of frustration, cause i've heard plenty speak of WINE like the second coming...
it is also annoying to find a piece of software that claims to run in Linux, you download it, it is a tar, inside it you will find a directory tree with a precompiled version of WINE and a windows executable...that is "their" solution to being "linux compatible".
most noobs i know install wine, and then think it can run anything and everything that is made for windows...then they get mad cause it can't run 70% of the stuff, and don't even bother to look for the native alternatives, granted there are somethings that can't be replaced, but a lot of people don't even bother with it, and imho that is WINES fault.
there was a time, i had a whole list of applications that were only made for windows and i use to believe whole heartedly i couldn't live without them, that why linux wasn't meant for me, but thru a few years of trial and error. i found replacements for them, now when i go back to them, i find myself amused and often thinking "how did i ever use this?".
but i am by far not the status quo, to some there are simply no replacements and they aren't wiling to learn to do without or find a replacement, about the only time i truely understand that mentality is when it is a mission critical thing, like your work depends on it, then i slightly understand. at the same time, i often wonder if their work even bothered or just listened to the snake oil salesmen that this was a must have.