I just wanted to let you folks know about a current discussion going on
between various Wine developers. Wine uses Gecko, the Mozilla rendering
engine, as a replacement for whatever is in Windows. Currently at issue
is how a user of Wine actually gets gecko on their system. It can be
downloaded at wine startup, which is problematic for various reasons, or the
distro can package it. But what's needed are the actual win32 gecko
libraries, not a native Linux version, which sort of involves
using mingw and cross-compiling.
The alternative of just sticking the cab in an rpm is obviously not
acceptable for Fedora.
The relevant thread starts at
There's a wiki page http://wiki.winehq.org/Gecko
which talks about
distros which package Gecok "properly", where that seems to be just
dropping a binary in the right place without any regard for how its
built or how that conflicts with a distro's goals and requirements,
although there is a complaint about this at
There's also mention about mingw needing patching to handle building
Feel free to ignore me entirely; I just wanted to bring this to the
attention of folks who might understand things far better than I.