I just installed IEs4Linux on my Ubuntu 8.04 development VM. This was as painless an install as I’ve ever had. I started with the step-by-step document available here:


For your convenience, here are the instructions provided there:

1) Open a terminal

2) Open /etc/apt/sources.list

 sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

3) Uncomment (or add) following lines:

 deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy universe

4) Add this line:

 deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt edgy main

5) Close gedit. Update and install wine and cabextract:

 wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install wine cabextract

6) Download IEs 4 Linux and install

 wget http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
 tar zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
 cd ies4linux-*

The only thing I changed was that I simply typed in the following instead of doing all of wget installs of those two packages:

sudo apt-get install wine cabextract

That worked nicely for me. I then followed the rest of the instructions and everything went swimmingly. Now I can test my web artistry on Firefox and IE while in Linux. NICE !!!

Update: If you do as I suggest above, everything seems to work fine. However, when you start up the IEs4Linux install script it complains about an “old” version of wine. I dismissed the warning and everything went swimmingly. However, the warning did say that there might be some issues since the latest version of IEs4Linux expects the latest version of wine to be installed.

I plan to re-do the install following the “wget” route for wine (as specified on the wine site) and see if the results were any different. This site says to do the following to install the latest version of wine:

First, open a terminal window (Applications->Accessories->Terminal). On Debian, you will need to open a root terminal. Then add the repository’s key to your system’s list of trusted APT keys by copy and pasting the following:

wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Next, add the repository to your system’s list of APT sources:

For Ubuntu Hardy (8.04):
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

For Debian Etch (4.0):
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/etch.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Then update APT’s package information by running ‘sudo apt-get update‘.

If you are using Ubuntu, you can now install Wine by clicking this link. Alternatively, you can install by going to Applications->Add/Remove and searching for Wine.

The nice thing about the way I did it is that you can actually script this install as part of your standard machine prep script since there is no specific reference to the version of ubuntu that you are running (i.e. hardy heron as is found in the instructions on the wine site).