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  • #16
    I agree with you. Dosbox isn't anything useful for me in Wine and nobody is eagerly waiting to see it in Wine.
    I am waiting for Dosbox integration, actually.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
      I am waiting for Dosbox integration, actually.
      Out of curiosity, what for?

      It seems like a reasonable feature for Wine to implement, but I can't think of much it would actually affect.

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      • #18
        Well, the idea behind DOSBox integration is that if it works well Wine doesn't have to implement / fix DOS support itself, VM86 support on 64-bit Linux in particular. Although pretty rare, there's still a reasonable amount of Win16 / Win32 applications that will spawn a DOS application at some point, e.g. during installation.

        Originally posted by NSLW View Post
        I also noticed that the fact that Wine is getting better very slow is that skilled developers continuously prefer to do easy tasks like
        Convert XYZ to ZYX
        or
        Pass 'something that is called XYZ' as 'the same but called ZYX'
        As opposed to complaining on the internet, I suppose. For the record, there are certainly more exciting things to work on than doing cleanups, but those need to happen at some point if you want to keep maintainable code.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Chewi View Post
          Can someone explain this DOSBox integration in a little more detail? When would DOS not be supported natively? When running on a non-x86/x64 arch? But don't you run Wine through QEMU in this case?
          VM86 mode is not available from long mode (x64). It still works on x64 processors if running an x86 kernel, but it's not available when running an x64 one.

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          • #20
            why does WINE need to do this. I mean Dosbox plus Launcher " at least whats available for the Haiku OS already does this automatically". you just double click the .exe and the program runs if its supported by dos box. Here I show this in the following screen shots.I am sure linux has similar capabilitys.

            I haven't used dosbox on linux yet but I plan to migrate most of my office machines to linux/wine to get them off windows. I have had my last bout with flash base viral intrusions into my data.








            http://www.dumpt.com/img/links.php?f...o8squzsyrt.png
            http://www.dumpt.com/img/links.php?f...hf07t5ddbw.png
            http://www.dumpt.com/img/links.php?f...g4te5vo2yz.png

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Henri View Post
              As opposed to complaining on the internet, I suppose. For the record, there are certainly more exciting things to work on than doing cleanups, but those need to happen at some point if you want to keep maintainable code.
              I'm happy to hear that from the other side feelings are the same toward cleanups. I was aware that they're required but I was amazed that they were introduced with the same slow speed as more complex code which in turn steers to providing only cleanups (no change for end user) for long period of time.

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              • #22
                the Dosbox integration is I think a smart move, its not about including dosbox in wine, just means that doxbox will handle dos executables for wine when its available on the system which means wine hopefully can forget about dos issues/bugs/whatever.

                Dosbox is better at dos application then wine, so why not use it and that is exactly what they are doing, offloading it to an application that can handle it better. smart move !

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