Running IE in Linux

IEs 4 Linux on UbuntuI was talking with my boss the other day and saying that I think it’s possible I could give up Windows and still do everything I do at work as efficiently with Linux. I could use GIMP instead of Photoshop for imaging, in lieu of Microsoft Office for productivity,  Bluefish instead of Notepad++ for coding, and Pidgin instead of Google Talk for IM. Maybe I could even find a Linux video editing package somewhere. As we were talking, I realized the biggest problem would be giving up Internet Explorer, not because Firefox isn’t a good browser, but because our Web site’s CMS requires ActiveX.  So how do you run ActiveX applications on Linux?  You install IEs 4 Linux. And yes, it really works. You just follow the installation instructions and poof – you have IE 6 (IE 7 support is in beta).  As soon as I installed IEs 4 Linux, I immediately navigated to our site’s CMS, let the browser download some ActiveX controls,  and it worked perfectly!  Now, I’m off to go update the site, using Linux!

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Booby Fisher Says:

    You Linux nerds, Just another OS to confuse the consumer. How you benefit from using Linux oppose to MS or Mac’s OS?

  2. Bri Says:

    I benefit an extra 100 bucks in my pocket (Linux is FREE)

  3. A.Lizard Says:

    Hey, Booby:

    With Linux, I don’t have to worry about a malware-driven bot army running my computer 24/7 for the benefit of spammers. Checked your computer for viruses lately? Why don’t you run along and do that.

  4. ctsit Says:

    Linux this days has the same, if not better, functionality with windows OS. How ever the use of linux as a home or office main OS has a significant cost, because although you save the 100 bucks, that Bri says, you are going to pay many times that in support, since there are not many people that can operate it beyond a simple user. So even in a simple sharing issue you have to either consult an expert or search in a forum. By all means I’m not against Linux, in fact I have it installed at home both as a server as well as a desktop but never the less when I had to decide to choose an OS for my cooperation I choose windows. Perhaps next year it will be linux. . . .

  5. Anselm Says:

    I can experiment with linux and build on it. Its not just a black box. And your conscience is clean if you load programs just for the sake of learning (not for commercial use). After using it you get the feeling that you have grown, whereas with windows you get a feeling of being turned into a dependent like an addict on drugs. And yes Linux is more stable, less prone to virus attack and faster.

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