This tutorial will guide you step-by-step through installing IE 5, 5.5 and/or 6 in Ubuntu – using the terrific software IEs4Linux. IEs4Linux was developed for web designers that want to move to Linux but still need to test their sites on IE and Linux users who have to open IE-only sites.
- Start by selecting Applications -> Accessories and then Terminal.
- Type the command
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
and enter your password when prompted.
- Now you’ll need to uncomment the universe repositories. Look for the lines that are similar to http://xx.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu feisty universe and remove the ## marks (if they aren’t already) from the beginning of the lines. Note: if you’re using an older version of Ubuntu look for similar lines, but they’ll have edgy or dapper in them instead of feisty. Save the file and close gedit.
- Now open the Synaptic Package Manager by selecting System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. You’ll need to enter your password for Synaptic to launch.
- Click the Search button from the top of Synaptic, enter cabextract and click Search.
- Click the box next to the cabextract entry and select Mark for installation.
- Repeat the above two steps but search for wine and mark it for installation. Once both have been marked, click the Apply button.
- A summary window will appear asking you to confirm that you wish to install the packages. Click Apply to continue. Note: I had actually already installed Wine, so the screenshot below won’t be identical to yours – yours will have more than 1 item to install.
- Synaptic will now download and install Wine and cabextract.
- After the installations were successful, click the Close button.
- Return to your Terminal window and enter the command:
- Once the ies4linux-latest.tar.gz file has downloaded, enter:
tar zxvf ies4linux-latest.tar.gz
- You’ll be prompted with several yes (y) or no (n) questions. For example, if you wish to install IE 6 and 5.5, enter y when asked. If you don’t want to install IE 5, enter n. When asked if you’d like to create shortcuts to the versions of IE on your desktop, I’d suggest yes – you can always delete them later.
- After the installation has completed, you should have one or more new IE icons on your desktop (depending on which versions you chose to install). Launch one of them by double-clicking its icon.
- You’ll be taken to a congratulations page on the developers site.
- Test out your site by visiting it. And remember – only use IE in Linux for testing purposes. Keep your normal browsing to Firefox or a quality browser.