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 â€˜universeâ€™ 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!