Internet Explorers 6, 5.5 and 5 on Linux

This is a pretty sweet and easy set up for web developers on Linux. Just download and double-click and IEs4Linux takes care of itself. It is running IE using Wine. Apparently this is the same old Internet Explorer application surrounded by some programs that allow it to run on Linux. They warn about security issues and not using it as your primary browser, but I honestly don’t know who’d think of doing that. Anybody that is using Linux and goes to the trouble of getting this to run IE on it isn’t going to use it for recreation.

How does it work? Looks good to me. For troubleshooting anyway. The fonts are weird but that’s expected. IE 6 gives me lots of bold type and the IE 5s don’t have that problem. They’re just not anti-aliased. These IEs also run as fast as they would on Windows as far as I can tell. Actually, on my Pentium II 266MHz laptop, they load faster than Firefox.

How do you get it? Well, no need to comprehend Wine, thank god. (Has anybody else noticed that there is no explanation on their site to even attempt installing a Windows app on Linux?) Just go to IEs4Linux and follow the instructions on that page. You will have to install Wine and Cabextract and then finally run their IEs4Linux file. You will be in IE heaven soon! Now, if only they had a set up package for OSX.