I hear where you are coming from. I'm speaking (well typing) as just a Wine user and someone who choses to maintain a few AppDB pages.
As Wine user it really clicked with me how important the project is (and how powerful it is)... When I finally got full dynamic lighting working - with a manual registry tweak - for a Windows (only) game I love.
The main 3rd party wrapper for Wine, Play on Linux
, tends to use custom patches and a rather dubious build system for their downloadable Wine versions.
There aren't really any FOSS wrappers for Wine - that just provide a GUI launcher (well except for q4wine
- but that's not terribly functional).
Wine is one of the projects where the less you know the more unhappy your experience will be. Things break frequently... Typically as your Windows application(s) get a significant update that break exisiting Wine support.
The community maintained Play on Linux
scripts can't keep pace with Windows applications that get regular updates.
through the Wine user documentation will probably not hurt you and will (in the long run) make your wine usage experience a more pleaseant one!
Looking at things from the other perspective - to yours - as an active
maintainer of a few applications (well 13 at present) on AppDB...
I get pointless test submissions from Ubuntu and Linux-Mint users - who have not even bothered to read the documentation I've typed on the (very same) AppDB page.
These test submissions are really short and contain no useful information... Other Wine users would have no idea - what will work or won't work with the given Windows application or game - if they only had these micro-brief test results to go by.
From my perspective I get the most helpful test submissions from Gentoo
Why? Because they are forced to think
- even during the installation process for the OS they have chosen to run!
This simply comes over as lazy and annoying. Especially as I don't get paid for writting and updating the documentation - which I try to maintain to a high standard (and spend hours constructing and later updating)!
A lot of AppDB is just a wasteland of unmaintained or poorly maintained application wiki pages - simply because people want to just consume/use Wine and not contribute back anything...
Wine was uncomfortable journey for me personally - at the start. Like many folks I started using Mandrake Linux and then Ubuntu - I wanted to be able to control everything
with a GUI
It's kind of like the 5 stages of loss
model. In this case the first step to acknowledge is that you have
how to run Windows programs, under Wine, from the commandline
Just my $0.02 anyway.