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Not your traditional problem - more a suggestion.

Wine is making progress on being able to run Paint.Net and has finally created an entry for the app and Paint.Net specific bug reports.

Although Paint.Net has no intention of supporting Wine or Linux, Paint.Net is a good test case for the Wine developers because of its technical sophistication and could start getting more and more attention from these professional developers as it gets closer and closer to being functional under Wine. Because of this, keeping an eye on the app and bugs could help to identify general improvements to Paint.Net under Windows (which may of course benefit us Linux / Mac users as a by product).

What triggered this post? Take a look at this wine bug report.


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This is from the FAQ posted by Rick.

(1) Will it ever be ported to Mac OS, Linux, or any other operating system?

(2) What about Mono support? Wouldn't that be really easy?

May 19th, 2006 Update: Miguel de Icaza has an interesting blog post about porting Paint.NET to Mono: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2006/May-19.html

December 16th, 2006: Miguel de Icaza has posted more information about Paint.NET and Mono: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2006/Dec-16-1.html

As Rick has said before he is a Windows programer and has a lot of work to do for Paint.NET for the Windows side. I can't speak for Rick or the other developers of Paint.NET but I got a feeling that they are going to stay with Windows as there work load is already high.

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I'm aware of the FAQ and Paint.Mono (which I believe has long since died) - that's why I acknowledged the fact that Paint.Net will likely never support Wine.

The point is that the bug report I linked suggests a possible bug in the Paint.Net code as well as in Wine. A possible consequence of having highly skilled programmers who work to emulate the Windows API looking at the functionality of Paint.Net (possibly the source as well) is that they may detect possible improvements and/or more elegant solutions within Paint.Net on the Windows environment. Whilst this may not be the highest priority, I'd certainly be interested in making the most of their experience were an application programmer.

Don't forget that Wine attempts to emulate Windows, so there should be no need for Paint.Net to support Wine. I'm just aware that many improvements have been made to Windows programs on the Windows platform as a result of feedback from the Wine project.


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I looked at the report and the screenshot. That's definitely not a Paint.NET bug.

BtW,i dunno why the keyword installer was added, it's a bug in the app really

And I have absolutely no idea what they're referring to here.

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