[sword-devel] Compile Options

sword-devel@crosswire.org sword-devel@crosswire.org
Thu, 14 Jun 2001 10:53:44 -0700

> A question while I'm here -- has anyone ever tried to get sword running
> under WINE on a *nix box?  or using the WINE libraries or anything like
> that?  I haven't actually had much to do with WINE for about 2 years, and
> so can't quite remember what you can do with WINE, but I was thinking that
> perhaps that could be a way of trying to use the same frontend under both
> win32 and <*disclaimer--being silly*> the _proper_ operating systems...
> ;)  Do the WINE library files allow you to do GUI stuff under *nix, or is
> it basically for all the backend stuff?

I think that GnomeSword and BibleTime are much better alternatives to any
windows project run under WINE. I have a sour taste in my mouth after I
bought Corel Word Perfect Office for Linux. Only to find that WINE was the
layer between WPO2000 and Linux.

I could be wrong but I don't believe that a consistent front-end for the two
platforms is a primary goal for Sword, but if it is Borland will be
releasing it's version of C++ Builder for Linux and we can move the Win32
front end to Linux rather simply. That is one solution, or seeing that
BibleTime uses KDE which is based upon QT someone could license the QT
Libraries for Windows and port the BibleTime front-end to Windows. But WINE
in my opinion is not that great. Bottom line is that it is SLOOOOWWW.

Anyway to answer your question. I do believe that WINE was written to
emulate the WIN32 API and I think MFC. and in theory the Sword Win32
front-end could actually run under Linux using WINE, but why bother. I hope
I wasn't too discouraging, I just have had bad experiences using WINE.
In Christ,
David Trotz