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Author Topic: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?  (Read 1984 times)

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WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« on: April 25, 2006, 05:38:42 pm »
This was exactly what I needed (almost).

I want to run a touchscreen, and an embedded OS, so it rules DOS out.  I then have XPe or Linux left on the OS choice.

XPe requires licencing :-(  and WinCAB/DOSCab are not available for Linux.

Is there a Linux port in the works? 

Does anyone know if it works with DOSEMU, or the Win port, work with WINE?

Any plans to go OpenSource?  If so, I may be able to assist with a Linux port.  From the looks of it's it's using some Linux friendly libraries like Allegro etc.

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Re: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2006, 05:50:09 pm »
Touchscreens are supported in DOS; you need to add a couple of lines to jukebox.ini to make it work.  A Linux port is not available because releasing for Linux users expect source code to be released, which I am not interested in doing at this time.  In addition, I know nothing about Linux and would be unable to develop or support such a version.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Re: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2006, 01:51:31 pm »
I have a USB touchscreen, is that supported in DOS?  (I am assuming not, but would be pleasantly suprised if it is...)

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Re: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2006, 02:03:14 pm »
There are experimental USB DOS drivers available, but I have not tested them with anything since I don't have a USB touchscreen (my test rig is serial).

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Re: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2006, 01:08:01 pm »
Hey Chris, you do not have to release your source code, just because most Linux guys do, not every program is GPL.  You just need to include a license that says what you want it to say, ie. you can use this software for non-commercial use for free, the source code is not distributable, etc. etc.    I am normally a Linux guy, I use win98 in DOS mode for DOSCab, and I would have no problem using your software under such a license.  This is one of the few problems with the Linux community a few, and I mean a few, people are just jerks about everything ought to be free all the time (I disagree not every program needs to be free, just not so over priced that the program makes his/her money back on the first sale).  I would definitly support this move if you choose to make it, if not I will continue using DOS with DOSCab.

Just my 2 cents worth,

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Re: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2006, 05:09:38 pm »
This is one of the few problems with the Linux community a few, and I mean a few, people are just jerks about everything ought to be free all the time (I disagree not every program needs to be free, just not so over priced that the program makes his/her money back on the first sale).  I would definitly support this move if you choose to make it, if not I will continue using DOS with DOSCab.
Well, there's still the problem that I know absolutely nothing about Linux.  Does one Linix program run on multiple distributions as a binary?  I thought most Linux software was distributed as source because it needed to be compiled for that distribution...

Since I never considered putting the code on Linux, there is a lot of code that may need to be rewritten.  There are several places where I need to do something platform-specific, and I check to see if the compiler is compiling for Windows and if it isn't it assumes DOS.

Perhaps someday I'll learn Linux and tackle this, but for the short term it just isn't in the cards.

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Re: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2006, 05:15:58 pm »
Generally speaking, if it's linked to GLIBC, then it will work on almost all modern Linux OSes, and witha bit of tweaking, many other *nix OSes, including MacOSX.

Some of the libraries you use for DOSCAB have native linux support, like Allegro.  But not having seen the source it's tricky to tell how much would need rewriting.

There are things that may make it easier, there is DOSEMU and WINE and WINELib, which allow DOS/Win apps to run from Linux.  the sound stuff can be routed though alsa.

I think the effort is worthwhile, as Linux can make a very nice embedded operating system, with low overheads.  It's very modular, and supports lots more hardware than DOS does...

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Re: WINCAB and DOSCAB - Linux Port?
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2006, 02:37:59 pm »
I use wine with win cab and it completely takes over all four desktops but it runs
just fine! I wish I knew how to restrict it to just one desktop and please compile
a Linux version I don't even want code just need the binary  :notworthy: