Dear HDRI List,
I hired a programmer friend, Helena Eydelberg-Vileshin, to port Photosphere to wxWidgets under Windows with the intent of offering a cross-platform version. She has nearly completed her arduous task, with just a few bugs to fix and missing features to add. At that point, probably in the next couple of weeks, I will take her code and port it to the other platforms.
I know how to do this on the Mac, although wxWidgets is in flux due to Apple's abandonment of the Carbon library, but I don't know what to do for Linux. I was thinking I could install a "virtual appliance" for one of the available Linux systems under VMWare Fusion:
This should permit me to do the development work on my Mac, avoiding the need for another computer or dual-boot system, but I'm open to alternative suggestions. If I did get one of these VA's, which one would be most useful to the community? Would I have to distribute Photosphere in source form with a build system to reach a reasonable number of Linux users? I ask because I still have some hopes of recovering some of my development and documentation costs for Photosphere, which has been in the works for nearly a decade. (For those of you who don't know, I have been distributing the Mac version for free from www.anyhere.com, but since it is also based on Carbon, I can't go any further with it.)
Please vote for your favorite version of Linux, clue me in to how I could create one binary that would run on multiple Linux systems, and share your wxWidgets experience if you have any.