Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Internet Explorer on Linux

If you've ever had a need for running Internet Explorer, in this case IE6, on Linux there is a simple solution. First question might be why in the world would you want to? In some cases you need to test a website on IE to be sure it renders properly and in some cases you might be accessing Microsoft software that is a little picky about the browser that is accessing it.

The solution exists in IEs4Linux, a creation of Sérgio Luís Lopes Júnior. He has done a great job of allowing IE5, IE5.5, IE6 and now a beta of IE7 to be installed and run on Linux. The installation is fairly straightforward for all but IE7 and even that isn't too difficult by Linux standards. The performance isn't quite a snappy as I'd like to see but considering the price, $free, I can't complain too much.

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