another linux user here.
i have been happily using RM7 under wine with no problems.
i found that wine needed to load a few things that were not in the default.
all credit to the link below, from which i’ve extracted a few paragraphs at the bottom.
i assume we could do the same thing with RM8 if we just knew which additional installations options were needed. since RM8 runs on MAC, they must have solved this problem already by identifying the windows components needed.
now we just need someone good enough at computer software to identify those for us…unfortunately, that Windows expertise is way outside my skillset
Today I took another look at the problem. First I installed a Linux program called PlayOnLinux … “a graphical front-end for the Wine software compatibility layer which allows Linux users to install Windows-based video games, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, as well as many other applications”. This program was easily installed by opening the Ubuntu Software Center and searching for PlayOnLinux in the default repositories.
RootsMagic is not one of the pre-programmed PlayOnLinux games or utilities, but by clicking the big + icon in the top menu to install a new program and in the bottom left by clicking the ‘Install a non-listed program’ link I was able to re-install the RootsMagic6 and RootsMagic7 programs into two separate virtual program areas. Neither worked at first until I enabled the necessary GDIplus component features. This is done easily within PlayOnLinux by highlighting the program and selecting the ‘Configure’ link in the right menu area, and then clicking the ‘Install components’ tab, highlighting ‘gdiplus’ from the list and finally clicking ‘Install’ at bottom right. PlayOnLinux does all the heavy lifting and figures out what to download and install from there.
To get my RootsMagic7 to work, I only also had to install the ‘ie6’ component for my RootsMagic7 program, again after highlighting RootsMagic7 (that’s what I called it when I set it up), and then selecting ‘Configure’ in the right menu area, then clicking the ‘Install components’ tab and highlighting ‘Internet Explorer 6’ and finally clicking the ‘Install’ button at bottom right.
Addendum: Also installed (using PlayOnLinux) the ‘Flashplayer’ and ‘msxml6’ components to get the interface between familysearch and rootsmagic to work properly … as above highlighted, then selected ‘Configure’, and then selected the desired components, then ‘Install’ … and voila!
in summary, it looks like RM7 needed to add
all we need from RM is the equivalent list for RM8.
we are NOT asking for ongoing support for linux, just a helping hand with getting us operational.
rootsmagic: can you help us here?