markknecht at gmail
Aug 7, 2012, 5:30 PM
Post #7 of 9
On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM, walt <w41ter [at] gmail> wrote:
> On 08/07/2012 11:46 AM, Mark Knecht wrote:
>> Each Windows VM has it's own Windows
>> license as well as it's own virus protection license. I run different
>> trading apps in different VMs. All trading VMs are Virtualbox.
> Just curious if you've given wine a try in recent months. I use a few
> proprietary Windows apps (but only for quotes, not trading) that didn't
> run on wine at all two years ago and now they run very well.
> The wine devs are very busy making improvements and they are clearly
> very talented people. Remarkable project IMO.
No, I haven't tried Wine in a long time. I don't doubt your remarks at
all, the devs are great, smart, talented and dedicated people but I'd
never trust 1 penny of real money to crappy Windows programs (which
all the Windows trading platforms are) running in a Windows
non-emulator when I can just run real Win 7 in a VM and not be
bothered with any of that stuff. All my apps are 64-bit Win 7 versions
now. They use lots of memory and tax compute power, etc. I've had apps
running full out since 5AM PST today. If I was to choose Wine it's
left to me to figure out if the apps even function, much less work
correctly. I just don't have time for that.
On the other hand the VM model is proven world wide in a huge number
of application spaces. It's really stable, powerful and reasonably
easy to use. It is the 'cloud'.
As always just my opinion, but Wine is best for the casual Windows
_application_ user, possibly lower end games or once in awhile
Microsoft Word user for those who doesn't want to deal with a complete
Windows install , etc. It's not, as best I know, a replacement for a
critical work environment to run power apps in Windows.
Opinionately yours, ;-)