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Old 03-10-2006, 07:14 AM   #1
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I am installing wine for the first time on Fedora Core 4. I am very unfamiliar with installing programs on linux but I found an internet website that told me how to but I can't get it to work. I copied the wine.tar file onto my computer. Used the archive manager and extracted all the files to a folder. Then i opened the terminal window and typed yum install wine
I got an error message saying something about a baseurl incorrect or not being found. I have an athlon computer if that makes any difference so I downloaded the athlon version from wine hq. I have something like wine 0.9.8 and it came as wine.tar. I was wondering if I did something wrong (most likely) or is there a step I missed or is something wrong on my computer. If anyone can help it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Thanks!
Old 03-10-2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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The tar file is source code and only useful to you if you need to apply certain patches that haven't made it into the main repository. I recommend you go to and download the rpm's for fedora and install using rpm -Uvh <filename>.
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If you use Yum or Yumex, WINE is in the standard repositories. I've got it installed but so far I've only had one Win app install but it wouldn't run and the other 5 I've attempted to install wouldn't.

If you have any success, I'm sure a lot of us would like to hear how.
Old 03-10-2006, 06:04 PM   #4
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open the terminal and write
yum install wine.i386
make sure that you are connected to the internet
Old 03-10-2006, 09:33 PM   #5
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In my experience of using wine I found applications that take advantage of bugs in windows have problems which are more than ones that don't... anotherwords exploiting undocumented "features" or use incorrect methods, etc.(the universal name for this is "bug"). Windows makes posix a god send(as bugs here in posix are documented for the most part). ...all opinions here are strictly my own. Things to keep in mind:

Wine is still in beta... the overall status of various aspects of the project is located at:

for a very incomplete listing of what works and any additional steps that maybe necessary signup and check the database at:

If that doesn't help there are a huge number of other resources at:

Why is this important?

And if all this isn't enough they really need help:

Please respect the fact that they are basically remapping windows api's, etc. to linux "equivalents" which produces huge difficulties since windows is almost completely closed and proprietory and frequently their(micro$ofts) api's are intentionally or not... incorrectly documented.

My areas of expertese in wine are very limited and mainly related to issues with serial communications, focus issues, rendering, device mapping, etc.....another words a needle in a haystack. Sorry but there a bigger fish to fry for application working exactly right. Though I must say the above resources have been *very* handy in getting many(the only apps I need from windows) to work.

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Old 03-11-2006, 06:24 PM   #6
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You might also want to install winetools ('yum install winetools') as it's very useful for setting up wine.
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Thanks! With the help I received I got wine up and running!


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