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Firefox IE mode on Linux?

On 01/15/2011 08:51 AM, Edward Ned Harvey wrote:
>> From: discuss-bounces-mNDKBlG2WHs at [mailto:discuss-bounces-mNDKBlG2WHs at] On Behalf
>> Of j.natowitz-KealBaEQdz4 at
>> Now I know I can use Wine to run IE, but I'd rather not.  Anyone have any
>> suggestions?  My CPU doesn't support virtualization.
> Opera has an IE emulation mode.  Of course nothing in the world is perfect,
> so occasionally something works on IE but not Opera, but ... What's the
> difference between using IE emulation in opera, versus emulating windows to
> support IE in wine, versus emulating a pc so you can run windows so you can
> run IE in a virtual machine?

"IE emulation" in most browsers means changing request headers to 
identify itself as IE, and /might/ mean (although I doubt it) changing 
some browser behaviors to be more IE-like. On the other hand, an IE 
plugin on Windows actually runs IE inside an ActiveX window - a very 
Windows-specific solution.

Wine is an emulation environment - sort of a runtime shim - that runs 
Windows executables in a Unix/Linux environment by implementing the 
Windows system calls required by the Windows executables. As far as I 
know, it's been years since it was possible to install and use a modern 
MSIE under Wine. I think IE5 might have worked under Wine.

While Wine emulates a Windows runtime environment under Linux, a virtual 
machine is a very different ball of wax: it emulates computer hardware. 
You have to install Windows, just like you do on a PC, boot it up, shut 
it down... the whole nine yards. It's a computer running within a computer.

That's the five-cent explanation - there's plenty of good reading 
material out there if you want to learn about Wine or about virtual 
machines like VMWare and VirtualBox.


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