Install Internet Explorer on Ubuntu Dapper in 3 easy steps

As weird as this may sound, sometimes even Linux users need Internet Explorer – for example to check how they current web design looks in the good old IE, to browse an ‘IE only page’ (probably not as big problem as a few years ago though), or to log in to a legacy system for example. For some time I have thought this is possible only with Crossover Office (which is not not expensive, but still not free) until Gabor told me about a completely free, easy-to-install and working solution: IEs4Linux.

Paradoxically, IEs4Linux provides a functionality which is (AFAIK) not available to Windows users: It installs 3 versions of Internet Explorer: 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0.
Maybe the time has come for Win32 users to install Ubuntu so they can view their webdesign in all the currently used versions of IE? ;-)

So, now for the installation:

Check /etc/apt/sources.list – make sure you have access to the ‘universe’ packages by uncommenting the following lines:

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
  • Step 1 If you have just uncommented the lines, don’t forget to apply the changes:

    sudo apt-get update
  • Step 2 Install wine and cabextract:

    sudo apt-get install wine cabextract
  • Step 3 Install IEs4Linux:

    wget http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/downloads/ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
    tar -xzvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
    cd ies4linux-x.y.z (where x.y.z is the actual version number)
    ./ies4linux

There you go. After specifying which versions you need, choosing a locale and a few minutes of installation you should have the links on your desktop.

Check out the original page for new versions, updates or to donate for this awesome stuff!

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Round corners and nifty cubes

I am in the process of redesigning rubyrailways.com, so you can see every kind of weird experiments sometimes (I am too lazy to do the whole thing offline, because that would mean to set up Apache, PHP, WordPress, MySQL … etc, and the other reason is: I have too limited time to do it quick).

As you can see, currently I am experimenting with one of the most widespread cliché of today’s webdesign: round corners. There are infinite possibilities to round your corners – as my primary focus is not web design, i am not really an expert on the topic, but i have seen a lot of methods (various ratio of (no) images, JS and CSS). For example, a Firefox friendly quick’n'dirty solution:

Simple, but limited

(no images and JS needed, but has severe cross-browser restrictions – if you are reading this from IE (or probably anything other than Firefox) you know what i mean).

Browsing through the possible solutions, i have chosen Nifty cube. It is an image-less solution, all you need is to add 1 line of Javascript and a few lines of CSS code to make it work. It has a lot of options (this i already the second version, which is a substantial overhaul compared to the first one),

and for me it worked nicely. (Have to work on the actual usage, though – The rounded div’s around the title are too big ATM, but this is not the problem of Nifty cube)