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Old 12-15-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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Can I run IE on Linux or get "IE functionality" via Linux?


I watch streaming movies on my NetFlix account which seems to require IE. If I connect to the stream with any other browser, the NetFlix site says I have to use IE. I believe their site uses some ActiveX control. Currently I use a Windows XP desktop so this is not an issue but I am replacing Vista on my laptop with Linux and going "cold turkey". As I am not used to relying solely on Linux, I am not sure how to replace functionality like IE that I do not have to think about on Windows.

Concerning the NetFlix issue, is their either a way to run IE easily in Linux or is their a way to run another browser such as FireFox with full IE functionality? I was looking for a more elegant solution than just virtualizing a Windows install inside Linux. If that is the answer I would rather dual-boot. Anyone pull this off?
 
Old 12-15-2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page this will get you IE6 up and running.
 
Old 12-15-2008, 06:11 PM   #3
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Part of the problem is that IE deliberately allows non standard web page formats. There are formats which will work in IE but will not work in a standards compliant browser such as FireFox, Opera, or Safari. There are also standards compliant web sites which IE will not render correctly.

Since most web sites test their new web pages with IE there are some web pages that display correctly in IE but will not display correctly in a standards compliant browser.

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As I am not used to relying solely on Linux, I am not sure how to replace functionality like IE that I do not have to think about on Windows.
I occasionally hit problems with web sites which don't comply to standards. I just ignore the problem and carry on. I suppose that when IE's share of the market dwindles to some small percentage that such web sites will come under pressure to conform to standards. In the meantime the short answer to your question is that you probably cannot find another web browser that misbehaves exactly like IE.

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Old 12-15-2008, 06:12 PM   #4
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You have got 3 options:
1. http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page
2. use IE through a software called 'wine' www.winehq.org
3. use virtualisation (virtualbox, vmware, qemu) where you'd install windows as a virtual machine.
 
Old 12-15-2008, 07:17 PM   #5
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It is also well worth keeping firmly in mind that if you have a particular site that needs "IE, running on Windows" (for whatever reason...), and you (again for whatever reason) have decided that "you need to get to that site," then ...

... running Windows, and even "buying a cheap computer that runs Windows," for that purpose, might actually not be such a bad thing. These days you can get your hand on suitable hardware that will do this for just a few hundred bucks. Even if you use the machine for absolutely nothing else, it might be okay.

What you don't want to do is to " around with it" when it's not going to reward the effort spent. The fair market value of even two or three days spent " ing around with it" might cost more than a cheap used computer. (That time is much better spent working with cool and groovy things, like, say, Linux...)

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Old 12-15-2008, 07:37 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sycamorex View Post
You have got 3 options:
1. http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page
2. use IE through a software called 'wine' www.winehq.org
3. use virtualisation (virtualbox, vmware, qemu) where you'd install windows as a virtual machine.
Except that 1 and 2 are the same. Ies4linux is just a simpler way to install IE under wine.
 
  


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