Wine activity

Samuel Klein at
Fri Dec 12 16:24:40 EST 2008

A popular program that has been requested a few times via Wine is
Let's Go for english learning.
This activity definitely needs its own section on ...  SJ

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 4:30 PM, Ben Wiley Sittler <bsittler at> wrote:
> That's awesome work! I was able to install Wine and use it, including
> firefox and a win32 application I had previously build using mingw32
> under Linux on another PC and uploaded to a webserver, and then
> downloaded using firefox inside wine. However, I did notice the
> following oddities:
> 1. When I later resumed the activity from the journal, the wallpaper
> was gone and nothing worked, although the start-menu items for firefox
> were still there.
> 2. It was not clear to me how to save wine's state to the journal.
> 3. At some point the usual 'leave full-screen mode' icon appeared in
> the upper-right corner, but clicking it seemed to have no effect other
> than to make it disappear, i.e. no sugar UI appeared and the desktop
> size did not change.
> 4. Wine crashed when I used Firefox's download manager to open the
> location of a downloaded file (winefile appeared briefly, then the
> whole activity crashed.) I have no idea why yet, but perhaps there is
> some information left in a log file somewhere I will find.
> On the bright side, this means it's fairly trivial to run at least
> some "windows-only" software on the OLPC now, which is great when
> there's not yet a Sugar or Linux version.
> -Ben
> On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 12:02 PM, Vincent Povirk
> <madewokherd+8cd9 at> wrote:
>> The Wine activity has advanced to the point where I think it's ready
>> for testing by actual users.
>> The current package, development history, and my todo list are at
>> The intent of this project is to provide a shell that can be used to
>> run Windows programs using Wine in the Sugar environment. It should be
>> good enough that someone used to Windows can grab and install a
>> Windows program without help, once the activity is installed. Ideally,
>> the installer and software will both work fine in Wine and within the
>> hardware limitations of an XO. In this ideal case, someone used to
>> Windows should be able to operate it without help.
>> If it does not live up to this ideal for platinum software (according
>> to the Wine appdb) whose hardware requirements the XO meets, I want to
>> know about it and hopefully fix it.
>> Wine bugs and hardware limitations mean a lot of Windows programs
>> won't work or won't work properly. On Linux, one can often push the
>> compatibility much further than what works "out of the box" by looking
>> at console messages (the log viewer works for this) and tweaking Wine.
>> Don't expect everything to work perfectly, but don't give up if it
>> doesn't. This is normal, even on Linux.
>> has support channels for such cases (appdb, bugzilla,
>> mailing lists, and the winehq irc channel). Most of the people there
>> probably don't know anything about Sugared Wine, but collectively they
>> should know more than I do about making Wine work in general. If a
>> program doesn't work for you, you can go to any of those places for
>> support. You can also email sugaredwine at That goes
>> directly to me for now, but in the future (maybe the very near future)
>> I may decide to send it somewhere public, like a mailing list,
>> instead.
>> Wine and the code that I developed for this project are licensed under
>> the GNU LGPL. The entire package isn't quite LGPL because I included
>> 7-zip. 7-zip is LGPL + unRAR restriction (you're not allowed to use
>> the source code to create a RAR compressor).
>> If you have a program that works well in this Wine package and would
>> like to package it as a stand-alone .xo, please let me know. I already
>> did most of the work for this so that I could include 7-zip and a
>> firefox downloader/installer (and I could probably have included
>> firefox itself if not for the fact that it would require uploading
>> non-open-source code to
>> Vincent Povirk
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