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Re: Will Caldera's WABI run on a Debian system?

On Thu, 21 Nov 1996, Rick Macdonald wrote:

> Does anybody know if Caldera's WABI will run on a Debian system?
> Caldera's web page kind of says "maybe".

I had a short correspndance with info@caldera.com and their
position make sense.  They can't guarentee in won't run on
anything but CND.  This is like somebody asking if the debian lyx
package will work on slackware.  How should we know?  Debian has
a package system that can guarentee results that are _proveably_
correct (strange hardware problems, etc. not withstanding).
Likewise, Caldera's method of guarenteeing any of their products
work is to tell you to install the whole CND distribution.  They
know what packages are their.  Their current packagin system is
based on RedHat 2.1, so they don't have dependencies.

Caldera told me that it they feel it is a very stable product and
I should use my own judgement.  They will only provide support
for CND customers however.  They give you 5 free support calls if
you own CND.  I priced WABI here in Tokyo at Y40,000 (about
$400), but I'm getting the whole CND package+WABI direct from
Caldera for $277 shipped, so I'll get support.  I'll ask them
about producing an installer .deb file after I get it.  

By the by, for reasons that are mostly, but not entirely,
technical, Caldera will no longer be basin their OS on RedHat
linux.  They purchased Linux FT ans will base their next release
(Caldera Open Linux or COL) on that.  The sales rep I spoke with
was unsure as to what package format they would be using.  Maybe
Bruce and Ian should give them a call?  It would be very cool to
have Caldera switch to using .deb format packages, eh?

> I'm tempted to pay the $200 just so I can run Quicken without
> booting up DOS/Windows.
> I haven't checked for awhile, but I assume that WINE is still
> a long ways away. I couldn't tolerate having my Quicken files
> corrupted!

Well, if its anything like Sun's wabi, you need to install
windows with it, and install any apps you need to use.  Unlike
wine, you cant just execute a program a la wine prog.exe.  You
should be able to set up a virtual drive letter for any mounted
filesystem (or directory structure) if memory serves.  I haven't
used WABI for a while (1.0 or so).  I'll let you know when I get
it.  I'm hoping to mount my ccdata directory via smbmount and use
WABI to do CCMail.  I don't kow about sending, but I should be
able to read.  We'll see.

Richard G. Roberto
011-81-3-3437-7967 - Tokyo, Japan

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