internet explorer 5.0.1 for linux

Not much here yet. Just a few tips and tricks for trying to get IE5 to run on Linux via WINE.

This is how I got it to work:

  1. Install Windows if you don't have it already. You will probably want to use Win 95, Win 98, or Win ME. I've only tried Win 98, but I've heard it should work with the others too. I haven't heard anything about NT or 2000, though. Keep a boot disk handy so you can reinstall LILO after the Windows install wipes the boot sector.
  2. Boot to Windows.
  3. Install Internet Explorer 5.01. This will probably require you to setup dial-up networking if it's not already setup. Ideally, you should try to download or copy a full version of the IE5 installer instead of the just the loader from the Microsoft page.
  4. Boot into Linux.
  5. Install and configure WINE if you haven't already. Mount the partition containing your C: drive if it isn't already.
  6. cd to the IE5 directory ( /mount point/"Program Files"/"Internet Explorer").
  7. Type wine --dll="shell,shell32,commctrl,comctl32=n" iexplore URL.


You need to provide a URL, otherwise it might not work. (At least, I haven't gotten it to work.) Also, the buttons and menu options usually get screwed up, but they pretty much work. I probably don't need to tell you that it's not very stable, but at least the rest of your system won't go down when it crashes. You might want to add the --managed switch to the wine command line so that your window manager will manage it like a normal window, but this is just a personal preference.

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