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    Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Due to some limitation, some of the company website must be visited with Internet Explorer, though the generic browser in Ubuntu is Firefox.

    I installed "Wine Windows Program Loader" from Software Center. After that, I cd'ed into ".wine/drive_c/Program Files/Internet Explorer" and ran "wine iexplorer.exe".

    Yes, it could be launched, and I can go into the company's website. But after logging into it, it asks me to install some plugin (probably some adobe flash plugin).

    But it provides no link for me to click and install the plugin.

    What shall I do then?
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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by cjohn124 View Post
    Due to some limitation, some of the company website must be visited with Internet Explorer, though the generic browser in Ubuntu is Firefox.

    I installed "Wine Windows Program Loader" from Software Center. After that, I cd'ed into ".wine/drive_c/Program Files/Internet Explorer" and ran "wine iexplorer.exe".

    Yes, it could be launched, and I can go into the company's website. But after logging into it, it asks me to install some plugin (probably some adobe flash plugin).

    But it provides no link for me to click and install the plugin.

    What shall I do then?
    What happens when you click on the plugin icon?
    Windows free since '09 - never looked back!

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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick_NZ View Post
    What happens when you click on the plugin icon?
    Nothing happens,

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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by cjohn124 View Post
    Due to some limitation, some of the company website must be visited with Internet Explorer, though the generic browser in Ubuntu is Firefox.

    I installed "Wine Windows Program Loader" from Software Center. After that, I cd'ed into ".wine/drive_c/Program Files/Internet Explorer" and ran "wine iexplorer.exe".

    Yes, it could be launched, and I can go into the company's website. But after logging into it, it asks me to install some plugin (probably some adobe flash plugin).

    But it provides no link for me to click and install the plugin.

    What shall I do then?
    Hi,
    Visit this link
    http://www.linuxarticles.org/2011/01...er-8-on-linux/

    Regards,
    Abhinav

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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by Abhinav Kumar View Post
    Thanks, but after I install IE8, it got worse. IE can't start up: the window can't finish initialization:

    err:rebar:REBAR_WindowProc unknown msg 200b wp=00000000 lp=00627124
    fixme:thread:AcquireSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
    fixme:thread:ReleaseSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
    fixme:thread:AcquireSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
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    fixme:thread:ReleaseSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
    fixme:thread:AcquireSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
    fixme:thread:ReleaseSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
    fixme:thread:AcquireSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
    fixme:thread:ReleaseSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
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    fixme:thread:AcquireSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub
    fixme:thread:ReleaseSRWLockShared (0x5de6b680): stub

    I even can't close the IE8 window by clicking the upper-left close icon. Instead, I must press 'Ctrl-C' in the starting terminal to close it.

    Any solution here? Thanks.
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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    you may want to try Playonlinux instead of a wine install.
    Playonlinux is an easy to use and free wine alternative that is based on wine itself:

    http://www.playonlinux.com/en/download.html

    Just go to the section on Ubuntu, install the .deb package like you would a windows .exe and playonlinux will become availible.
    Setting it up is easy and you can do it all on your own.
    Installing applications inside playonlinux is sort of like installing apps via ubuntus software center, as opposed to installing from .exes.
    It actually has a selection of apps to install in the program itself including IE versions up to IE8

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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by MadmanRB View Post
    you may want to try Playonlinux instead of a wine install.
    Playonlinux is an easy to use and free wine alternative that is based on wine itself:

    http://www.playonlinux.com/en/download.html

    Just go to the section on Ubuntu, install the .deb package like you would a windows .exe and playonlinux will become availible.
    Setting it up is easy and you can do it all on your own.
    Installing applications inside playonlinux is sort of like installing apps via ubuntus software center, as opposed to installing from .exes.
    It actually has a selection of apps to install in the program itself including IE versions up to IE8
    Isn't PlayOnLinux just a front-end of Wine? I doubt it would work, if Wine couldn't make IE8 work normally.

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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Actually it does work pretty well as it is not just a front end, it actually does help install some program libraries wine cant install on its own so it makes installing things like IE8 a whole lot easier.
    Its a more automated process as opposed the endless tedium of installing all kinds of libraries to get wine to work.
    Same thing with Crossover office, it is also a front end to WINE that helps patch certain apps so they can work inside the wine environment.
    Dont let your wine experience scare you away from trying one of its front ends, as often times the front ends work better.

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    Re: Using wine to run Internet Explorer

    Have a look here: http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...View+Developer

    According to this the best rating you'll get is "bronze" for IE8, which probably means something like: "it'll work if you're lucky" (I couldn't quickly find a description of their ratings, sorry).

    I know this is not what you're asking: but what about running Windows in a VM so you can use IE? Seems like overkill, sure, but if its important enough, it may be worth a try.

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