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Friday, September 25, 2009

Wine on Fedora 11

I'm a Linux user. Right now, I'm using Fedora 11 from home. I like it, a lot. But one thing I've had trouble with is accessing webconferencing sites. So I tried an experiment tonight.

1. I installed the Windows emulator (well, Windows compatibility layer) for Fedora. Easy: yum install wine

This puts wine under the Applications menu.

2. I found Firefox for Windows, downloaded the installer, and from a command line went to my download directory and typed:
wine Firefox[tab] which expanded the file name and installed Firefox. Now it appears under Applications>Wine>Programs....Firefox

3. I went to the Adobe Connect site and managed to install Flash and another plug in, just as any Windows user would.

4. I went to the "test" page: https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm and it failed at the Acrobat Connect Add-in Test.

I just can't install it (and yes, I clicked on Install Add-in). It fails. Don't know why.

Anybody out there tried this before? And succeeded?

4 comments:

Gabriele & Nick said...

I can't say I've tried this in a linux environment. However being a Windows System Admin. Adobe makes some of their distributions extremely difficult even for windows. I hope you find a solution or work around. I'm always looking for information on Adobe, and dabble in the linux world. (outside of work)

Bill said...

I have no experience with Fedora (or much linux at all) but i have always had the same issue with the 'Install Add-In' feature of Firefox with Adobe. I end up just going directly to the Adobe website and installing Flash, Reader, and Shockwave as separate downloads. Works fine after that.

Matthew said...

Not sure if it's any help but it looks like you might give a shot at the instructions over here:
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/403/kb403684.html
If you've already given that a shot an no-go, it'll be one of those 'hammer away at it and Google it to death' situations, though I'm not sure what Adobe Connect version is involved. It claims there is Solaris, RHEL, and SUSE support for Acrobat Connect Pro over at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/systemreqs/
- I guess one could grab a copy of OpenSUSE and run it in virtualization, too. Though sadly, i it's plain-name Acrobat Connect rather than Pro, it may be a no-go situation.

Or, if you want to give yourself a slight headache, install VirtualBox, create a bootable ISO of Windows XP/Vista/7, load it in Virtualbox, and let it run there. Wine's emulation layer might not be as effective as a virtualization of Windows, though all the effort just for a net-meeting software is a pain. Or try virtualization of Internet Explorer rather than Firefox, though I shudder at the thought.

Kevin said...

I'm trying the same thing you wrote about and am having the same problem; that's why I stumbled upon your blog. I've tried manually placing the add-in in the appropriate folder but Connect isn't recognizing that it's there. It seems like there must be something else that is detecting the presence of the add-in and then is activating it. Have you had any more luck with this?