Sunday, December 19, 2010

How to run Internet Explorer 6.0 on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx

Well, I am not a big fan of Windows and related Windows applications.. As you can guess, sometimes we need to run some OS dependent applications on different systems..

Wine is a quite popular "free" software to run Windows applications on other operating systems.. I can say that it works like a charm on Ubuntu..

Today, I needed to run Internet Explorer on my Ubuntu.. Of course, first thing to do is googling about it.. But as it is a common topic, I found many many entries about that topic.. Installed too many things, then deleted them.. And all this process took me a long time..

At the end, I realized that the solution was really easy.. He he.. And this is why I am writing these lines for you guys.. Here is how to do:

$ sudo apt-get install wine

And you have to install all the dependencies for that package.. Note that a package called "winetricks" is also installed.. and this is our "key" package! :)

After that installation, you are ready to install Internet Explorer 6..

$ winetricks ie6

Then you will be prompted by an installation window.. Just follow the instructions, it takes 10 minutes to have an Internet Explorer running on your linux distribution.. :)

Then create an application launcher for your browser. Note that command will look something like:

wine "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"

He he.. Then enjoy with your new browser.. Of course not always.. but when you need it!.. Arghh!..