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Note for Dapper users: if you use ubuntu dapper, replace edgy with dapper on lines above. Note for Feisty users (7.04): if you use ubuntu Feisty, replace edgy with feisty in the lines above. Also replace gedit with kedit if running Kubuntu instead of Ubuntu.
if for some very odd/bad reason you NEED internet explorer on linux
there is the very,very,very,very old IE4
But that will NOT HELP for designing web pages ( seeing as IT IS IE4 )
for ie8 ( soon 9 )install MS Windows 7
For example, web developers need to known how the page will be displayed by IE and write workarounds for possible bugs. We known that IE has its own "interpretation" of w3c standards
While I agree with this, I also DISagree with this.
Cross-browser testing should certainly be done. But going out of your way to write bad, broken code (or implement 'workarounds'), for a browser that's crap, only let's that browser EXIST in its broken state. If you were Microsoft, would YOU bother to fix your crap browser, when you could just let other folks write 'workarounds'??
A better thing to do, in my opinion, is to write standards-compliant code, and test that code with standards-compliant browsers. Put a banner on your site, that explicitly states that the site won't work with IE, because it's not compliant. Put the burden on MS, and write good code.
It seems to me that the simplest way to see how the web sites looks to IE might be to just use a Windows(R) box to look at it.
Even if you do not have a computer running Windows(R) in your own home for moral, religious, ethical, or financial reasons, it may be pretty easy to find a friend who is still tithing to the Evil Empire and has a Windows(R) box that she or he would let you use to confirm that IE renders your web site acceptably.
Please don't bombard me with hate mail and derogatory epithets for this suggestion. Sometimes we have to deviate from the One True Way (that is, Linux) for pragmatic reasons.
I tried to explore Ubuntu websites but couldnt get it done.
Have anyone tried implementing IE on Ubuntu 10.04?
I'm unclear if the OP wanted to actually use IE as a browser under Linux (short answer: you can't), or if he wanted to compare IE with other browsers (for example, to test a web site).
If the latter: Yes, simply using a Windows box to compare IE would probably be the best solution.
Running Windows under a virtual machine (VBox and VMware are two good choices) would be a close second. This would be my "preferred solution": VM's make it easy to set up a "virtual lab" to test all different kinds of software, in all different configurations. I love VM's My personal preference, for whatever it's worth, is VMWare.
I think "wine" would come in a distant third. Performance isn't as good as running a browser like Konqueror or Firefox "natively"; testing results are probably slightly less valid than running a VM; and testing multiple different OS's and/or software combinations is a LOT less convenient with wine than with a VM.
IMHO .. PSM
Q: is your question well and completely answered ?
Q: why *did* you want to run IE, anyway? Just curious...