General questions about Wine...
I haven't used wine in a little while now (a couple of months), partly because i had a lot of difficulty getting it to install and just got frustrated trying to get it to work.
some background info on my previous experience with wine: i was using fedora core 3 at the time and attempted to install it using the cvs version (i found the install pretty difficult even following what seemed to be excellent instructions and always came up with a problem that would lead me to quit trying). i now run gentoo and find installing things through source to be much more seemless as you simply type a command and everything is usually done for you :). i have the option of doing this with wine using emerge (which is what got me interested in it again since i won't have to deal with cvs :)).
p.s: i'm not putting fedora core down, it's just at the time i thought my only option was using the cvs source--which it may not have been--and i was inexperienced to say the least, so i wasn't prepared for the task that i put myself up to. i now have a lot more linux background and knowledge and feel more comfortable with it in general
my questions are:
does wine make the system lose stability? i'm asking this because my system, for the first time ever, is extremely stable and i don't want to risk it just to run a couple more games/apps. i thought i noticed a stability problem with it before, but i also installed it about 4 times without knowing how to uninstall each time, so that may have been the cause :oops:
does wine open the system to windows virii or other code that may normally cause problems on a windows machine?
if/when i do install it, should i install the following short list of packages to make sure it's thorough/easy to use? list (with brief description of each part): wine, gwine (gnome app to manage the wine cellar), winesetuptk (setup tool for wine adapted from codeweavers by debian), and of course any of the necessary dependencies that would be needed for any of these (taken care of by portage/emerge).
those are the main questions i had :)
i'm just looking for someone to let me know that this is a safe move and that it shouldn't cause problems. i would like to be able to run a few more of my windows games and, if needed, some other windows programs in the future. i like the idea that i have the option to run a windows app if i absolutely need to because you'll never know when you actually need it :)
I appreciate any input you can offer on this :)
Thanks in advance! :D