How do I set up WINE?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Wireless Buddy, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. Wireless Buddy macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I want to use a Windows application (Palringo) on my iBook, but I do not want to emulate full-blown Windows. I heard about WINE, but it seems pretty tricky to set up. Anybody want to walk me through it. NOTE: I think it requires X11, but I do not have any OS X discs. Where can I download X11?
  2. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    You might want to consider CrossOver, it's based on Wine (and they contribute code back to Wine) but has installation wizards and some proprietary bits to make it even more compatible with more Windows applications that regular Wine cannot run.

    I'm not sure the X11 for download is the same version on the Tiger and Leopard DVDs.
  3. Boemer macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2007
    I tried CrossOver it works fine for the program the offer...

    But I couldn't manage to installe Internet Explorer 6 in the same bottle as MS Office 2003.

    Further the fonts looked really terrible...

    I didn't manage to install any other program that wasn't in there list.

    After a few days I deleted it, and tried VMWare, at least together with bootcamp, I can configure everything the way I like it... And if you like me have a few old windows XP CD's around (old PC, laptop), that is almost the almost the easiest way. The price difference between those 2 programs is not that big...
  4. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Guys, he has an iBook, so no CrossOver for him... :rolleyes:
  5. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Jun 9, 2005
    IE6 needs a win98 bottle, Office 2003 needs a win2000 bottle. Both work 100% in their own bottles though, and is the way they are intended to be run, that's exactly how I run it.

    CrossOver will run those particular applications with much better performance, much lower memory needs, and no Windows code required (don't forget the price of a Windows license if you're comparing costs), so I'd not dream of running IE6 or Office 2000 under Fusion or Parallels... it's a whole lot of unnecessary overhead when CrossOver does those much, much better.

    Obviously though, CrossOver's not a great general Windows application solution, as there are plenty of other Windows applications that don't work quite right under Crossover. That's where Fusion/Parallels really shine, outside of most games, they run a copy of real Windows on top of OS X, so almost everything works right.
  6. Boemer macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2007
    Ah an iBook is not an Intel Mac

    Yep that's how I got it working, but I wanted to use InternetExplorer for Webdesign and for updating Office 2003. I tried to work in Office 2003, but it looks so primitive that it didn't feel right.

    I needed VMWare, because I need a few other programs too, like Visual Studio/Sql Server for my work. And with VMWare I can stay within OSX for most of the time....

    And like I wrote before, I already have paid for windows XP, so VMWare is not that much more expensive than the crossover solution...
  7. cbrain macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2006
    North-East, UK
    I think exes have to be recompiled if you want them to work under WINE on a PowerPC machine.
  8. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Hey this is Dan B. and you cant do that on an iBook

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