I had thought Wine was installed by default in Ubuntu but found I was incorrect. Downloading and installing it was quick and painless, thanks to Applications->Add/Remove.
Now for some Windows applications to try it out on.
I recently read about Lunascape, "the world's first and only triple engine browser," which uses the rendering engines underlying Internet Explorer (Trident), Firefox (Gecko), and Safari and Chrome (WebKit); Opera's Presto was not included, nor were a handful of other lesser-known engines. Intriguing, eh?
I downloaded and ran the set-up .exe file with no problem by right-clicking and selecting "Open with 'Wine Windows Program Loader'," but unfortunately several attempts to run it resulted in at best a browser window that darkened after about 10 seconds, after which a warning box opened notifying me that the application was not responding; and at worst, nothing. Further attempts to uninstall and reinstall didn't help
lsto get the official name of the Lunascape folder and
rm -rto get rid of it, but I'm getting better at that than I was.
Internet Explorer was more of a mixed bag. By following these instructions I was able to get IE 6 installed and running, but neither the XP nor Vista versions of IE 8, downloaded directly from Microsoft, would open with Wine. The interesting thing about the IE 6 installation is that it requires using the command line to start it:
/home/john/bin/ie6, although reinstalling
ies4linuxcreated a desktop shortcut to it. I think I'll get rid of the shortcut and just try to remember
~/bin/ie6. That shouldn't be too hard, should it?
At some point when I feel very brave I might try VirtualBox with some of these Windows apps.