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monag 01-28-2013 10:13 AM

install IE9 on Fedora14

I am using fc14 and am developing a web application using firefox and Chrome.
However I need to ensure that the application will work well on IE9. How can I install IE9 on fedora. Are there are suggestions to test for compatibility between browsers this specific case ensuring that the application will work well on IE9.(not IE6, etc).

Would appreciate some tips in this direction especially from someone who has got IE 9 to be working successfully in Linux.


snowpine 01-28-2013 10:17 AM

IE9 is rated "garbage" according to winehq appdb:

Purchasing a Windows machine for browser testing would be a good investment for your business.

That being said, I stumbled across this method for you (first google hit for "ie9 linux" by the way), I have not tested this myself:

John VV 01-28-2013 10:58 AM

Also UPGRADE to the current fedora 18
you are 4 versions out of date !

fedora 14 has not received any SECURITY updates for over a year

fedora is a very fast passed Research and Development operating system with a new version released about every 6 months
there is ONLY 13 months of support for any one version

monag 01-28-2013 12:11 PM

Thanks snowpine for your suggestion. I looked up the page. I think that is too cumbersome a way to go. I dont think my bandwidth will allow me such high downloads.

I just cannot understand why something that works so cleanly in Firefox, Chrome and Opera has problems with IE?

I have read something about User-Agent switcher. Would that work on Linux? Or would it work on Firefox only in window env?
I am sure a lot of Linux web developers might facing the same problems that I am facing for IE9. Wonder what they do.

In anyways thanks for your suggestion once again.

snowpine 01-28-2013 12:15 PM

User agent switcher will not help you; all it does is "spoof" your browser as a different browser (for example I use it on a couple of sites that support Firefox but not Iceweasel).

At this point I'd recommend to hire a freelance IE9 expert who can quickly and easily make your application IE9-compliant.

suicidaleggroll 01-28-2013 12:47 PM


Originally Posted by snowpine (Post 4879121)
Purchasing a Windows machine for browser testing would be a good investment for your business.

If nothing else, you could just purchase a Windows license and set up a VM on one of your Linux machines.

monag 01-29-2013 05:51 AM

I think there should be a better alternative. Buying a windows machine, or a windows license defeats the very purpose of Linux Users of not having to use windows. I used to use Windows ONLy 3 years ago and now its only Linux --that too mostly Fedora. I would hate to be dependant on Windows again.

I am sure someone from the Linux users group must have found a way to ensure a web application written in a Linux environment works well on Windows too. (Wine is one resource to do that but for some reason it does not work well on IE9).
I am hoping someone who has gone this route can give me some tips and maybe some others down the line like me.

If not, hopefully I "may" find a solution (without having to buy a Windows machine) to this which would help the others facing the same dilema like me today. Have a good day everyone.

snowpine 01-29-2013 08:00 AM

To be blunt: You're not going to make it very far as a web professional with that attitude (sorry). You are developing on an obsolete platform (Fedora 14 is end-of-life since 2011) rather than the platform your (paying?) customer demands/requires. Does your country not have a tax code that allows you to deduct the cost of a Windows license as a legitimate business expense? If you are unable/unwilling to test your app on popular operating systems and browsers, then consider outsourcing this critical aspect of your business to someone who specializes in browser testing (because there are people who do this all day, every day, and are quite good at it).

Anyways, I did offer a Microsoft-endorsed solution that doesn't require purchasing Windows, but you found it "too cumbersome." Suicidaleggroll and JohnVV had some helpful advice as well.

monag 01-30-2013 03:38 AM

Thanks for your feedback Snowpine. I take your suggestions positively. I too see the necessity of purchasing a Windows license in the near future to make my applications truly compatible with IE which is yet one of the most used browsers today.

I tried fc15, already have fc16 with me and will soon try fc18 too. I do understand the disadvantages of using fc14 but since I like the look and feel of it and am comfortable with it I am sticking with it. However I know I will have to eventually use the latest.

Hats off to the Fedora folks. They are truly doing a great job and I am indebted to them. I am their die-hard fan.

Thanks once again and Have a great day. Best Wishes.

John VV 01-30-2013 03:49 AM

liking the "look" is not a great reason for staying with a End of life OS
one that has OPEN holes that have been fixed in supported versions

also fedora 14 shipped with
and was updated to
firefox 3

the current firefox is 18.0.1

and java-1.6.0-openjdk-

not the current 1.7

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