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    WINE and Legally Activating Lightwave

    Hey.

    This topic has popped up from time to time both on this forum and in other places. Lightwave, for the most part, installs and runs fine under Wine on Linux. You can even activate the trial on Linux under Wine. However, we can't activate our full Lightwave licenses under Wine on Linux due to Wine not having implemented Windows Native Firewall Rules, which Lightwave requires.

    I started a thread on this on the Wine forums a little over a year ago, I'm "wineink": https://forum.winehq.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=28426 It didn't get much attention till recently when, luckily, someone else, Babylon77, posted a similar query that got some feedback: https://forum.winehq.org/viewtopic.p...116953#p116953 and I was invited to join in. Eventually, after getting some more input and direction on the Wine forums, I posted a bug report: https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=45432

    So anyway, I'm posting this here so the community is in the loop and because there's an abundance of better-than-me hackers/copy-pasters here that might have some knowledge to contribute in order to get this pipe-dream to work.

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    There's some not-so-subtle nuance in that post that I'm hoping NewTek understands and sees as an opportunity for revenue.
    LW7.5D, 2015, 2018, 2019 running portably on a USB drive on an Amiga 2500 running Wine.

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    looked good in linux , yea licencing might be an issue
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    I'm not too techy with this type of thing, but Lightwave 9.6 works on Linux (I believe Mint and Zoran at least).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqZDuKB949U&t=13m32s

    If LW2018 could work on any version of Linux, that would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLexx View Post
    I'm not too techy with this type of thing, but Lightwave 9.6 works on Linux (I believe Mint and Zoran at least).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqZDuKB949U&t=13m32s

    If LW2018 could work on any version of Linux, that would be great.
    Unfortunately, the only versions of Lightwave 11+ that run on Linux through Wine without a dongle are either cracked or the trial. The 2018 trial runs just fine. Activating an actual license is another story though. Please read through my posts on the the Wine forum. There's reference to links from this forum as well as feedback I got from a NewTek customer service rep regarding the missing Windows Firewall Rules in Wine being the culprit in regards to activation. I've tried it on Zorin, Mint, Fedora, Arch, etc. No difference. Using a 3rd party Wine shell like CrossOver doesn't help either.

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    glw, have you tried the recipe here?
    https://web.archive.org/web/20120209...oleeblood.com/

    The utilities were not archived but the PDF files were. They point to some sentinel reading USB wine tweaks.
    LW7.5D, 2015, 2018, 2019 running portably on a USB drive on an Amiga 2500 running Wine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raymondtrace View Post
    glw, have you tried the recipe here?
    https://web.archive.org/web/20120209...oleeblood.com/

    The utilities were not archived but the PDF files were. They point to some sentinel reading USB wine tweaks.
    Yeah, tried that one years ago. It's for the dongle version of LW and is a guide on installing the USB drivers in Wine so that LW recognizes the dongle. I've never had the dongle version of LW so it doesn't help. Thanks.

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    I tried on numerous occasions to get LW to work properly. Most of the time I get it running and it works flawlessly, except the bloody license.

    I plead NT to consider a Linux release.
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    Same here. Never got Lightwave to work with the dongle either. I've really got to the stage that I don't use Windows anymore,
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    +1 A Linux port would be awesome. I've been trying to get it working myself but to no avail. Linux is becoming increasingly more popular due to better gaming support and distros catering to casuals like elementary OS and POP!. It's also a much more stable OS. I can't turn back.
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    I posted a Feature Request on this some time ago (LWF-2927), but got the usual "we'll see" answer. As my next 3D rig will be Linux-based, in the meantime, I have started to learn Houdini... (and I have a lot of fun). I will keep my current rig alongside the new one for a while (because there are other softwares I like to use under Mac OS, like Affinity Publisher, that doesn't work with wine, but alos FCP X), so I'll keep LW until my Mac dies; After that, if there is still no possibility to activate LW with Wine, I'll let it go.
    NT should definitely look into this. I am pretty sure there are quite a number of people using Linux or willing to switch to Linux, especially considering Mac OS being more and more closed, and W7 EOL'ed.

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