Thursday, December 29, 2011

Oracle Linux and wine

For all people who like to run windows applications on your Linux workstation. Most of you would do a simple apt-get or yum command however if you are running a Enterprise Linux version like the Oracle Linux you might need to do some more things to get things working. if you execute a "yum install wine" on your Oracle Linux distribution you will not end up with a successful install of wine.

To be able to install wine on Enterprise linux you will have to make use of EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux). You can find more information on EPEL on the fedore website.

"Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (or EPEL) is a Fedora Special Interest Group that creates, maintains, and manages a high quality set of additional packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL).

EPEL packages are usually based on their Fedora counterparts and will never conflict with or replace packages in the base Enterprise Linux distributions. EPEL uses much of the same infrastructure as Fedora, including buildsystem, bugzilla instance, updates manager, mirror manager and more.
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You will have to install the EPEL rpm, update the yum repository list and then install wine. Below is a example of the steps needed. This might change depending on the version of Oracle Linux and your processor architecture however based upon the below you will have enough to get you started;
rpm -Uvh http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm
  yum repolist
  yum install wine
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