Re: I need help really really bad.
I gather this is a music recording studio. It looks like a pretty good one too.
That means it is most likely going to need to need realtime access to the
hardware so you don't get audio glitching and stuff. I am not very optimistic
that a program of this type will run well under wine. You may be able to get
it to run, but I think it would be unrealistic to expect it to work as well as if
it was running on windows. If this is something you rely on for your job ...
People switching to linux often try to run exactly the same programs
that they ran under windows. And so just about the first thing they do is
try to run a bunch of windows stuff using WINE. And then they get upset
and blame linux if they can't get it to work or if their programs don't run as
well uas they did on windows, and they end up switching back to windows
convinced that linux doesn't work.
You need to recognise that it is actually a pretty amazing trick to get windows executables
to run in a linux environment at all. Just try running a linux executable in a windows
environment and see how far you get. But the trouble is that people don't recognise
what a miracle this is. Instead of being awed and amazed that the thing runs at all they
complain bitterly if it doesn't run quite as well as they are used to.
This is why I hate WINE - because I reckon it encourages unrealistic expectations.
Running a windows program under WINE should be absolutely the last thing you try.
It should be regarded as an act of total desperation if you simply cannot find a native
linux program that will do the job. Instead for many people who have newly switched to
linux, it seems to be just about the first thing they have a go at.
My own experience with WINE has been very mixed. Sometimes it works amazingly well - better
that you would have any right to expect. Sometimes it won't work at all. And sometimes
it works but there are issues with the way that the program runs. WINE is a temperamental
beast. Some people who use it a lot get very good a tweaking settings to get things to run. I'm
not one of them so maybe I shoudn't be answering this. But then again these WINEmasters
tend to be rather more enthusiastic about using WINE than I think is merited so perhaps it is a
good idea that a mere mortal like myself should throw in a word of caution first.
So the first thing I want to ask you is whether you've checked out all the native
linux recording studios out there to see if any of them will do the job. Those are
pretty much guaranteed to work straight off with no mucking about and no
Only once you are sure that no native linux application exists that will do the job
you need to do would I (reluctantly) look at trying to run your windows application
under WINE. Be pleased if you can get it to run. Be astounded and amazed if it runs
well. If that happens make sure you are properly grateful. Sacrifice small animals
to the god or gods of your choice. You've just experienced a small miracle.
Life's a pitch. And then you sing!