[pkg-wine-party] Fwd: Wine status

Cesare Leonardi celeonar at gmail.com
Sun Sep 11 12:01:13 UTC 2011

Hi Debian Wine team, hi Kai.

I've posted the following question on debian-devel, but reading Paul 
Wise reply i've realized that perhaps you don't read that mailing list.

I really hope to hear a reply from you.



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Wine status
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 13:44:43 +0200
From: Cesare Leonardi <celeonar at gmail.com>
To: debian-devel at lists.debian.org

Hi all.

I'd like to know if someone has more info on the Wine package status.
 From the outside and after searching from time to time on the internet,
it's still not clear to me what's the reason why this package is so old.

Upstream is 1.2.3 (stable) and 1.3.28 (development) and they looks like
quite active releasing new versions.

In Debian we have two Wine packages:
-  wine 1.0.1 (1.1.24 in experimental)
-  wine-unstable 1.1.35

Looking from sourceforge:
-  1.0.1 was released on 2008-10-17
-  1.1.35 was released on 2009-12-18

In the past, the more detailed informations i've found regarding the
Wine delay were this:
But now it's seem superceded.

During the past years i've used opensuse Factory packages, converted to
deb using alien, and that worked quite well. They are regularly updated:

In the recent past upstream site started to advertise this as Wine
Debian package:
These are deb package that upgrades wine-unstable and that you have to
install with dpkg. In these days i've tested them and seem to work well.
The person that make them is Kai Wasserbäch, a Debian developer.

I'm really confused.
Why doesn't Kay packages can't be the official Debian packages?
What's the problem behind Wine: technical, time, license?

It will be really appreciated if someone can share more info about that.


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