How to run the AEB cd-rom in Linux

Although this cd-rom was developed for MS Windows, you can run it in any Linux-system with Wine. We'll show you here how to do that:

First, install the wine package, e.g. in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install wine

Note: if you're running a Debian-based distribution (such as Ubuntu) we recommend you use the latest Wine-version from the WineHQ outlink-repository. Most distributions still have older versions in their repositories, and you're likely to have more problems with older versions. For example, the AEB cd-rom crashed when we tested it with Wine from the Debian 4.0-repository, but after installing the WineHQ-version it worked flawlessly.

Open the program winecfg by typing its name in a terminal window and check if the settings for the cd-rom drive are correct: select the tab Drives and click the button Show advanced. You should have a drive-number assigned to the mount-point of your cd-rom drive (in our case: E: for /media/cdrom0) and check if its type is set to CD-ROM:

Copy the fonts needed by the cd-rom to your harddisk:

sudo cp -r /media/cdrom0/fonts /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-ebfonts
sudo fc-cache -f -v

To start the cd-rom, use the following command:

wine "/media/cdrom0/eb/Bibliography2.exe"

Then you should see something like this:

The Egyptological Bibliography application running in Linux

As you can see, there are some display errors, but nonetheless, the cd-rom is perfectly usable! The application didn't show up in the taskbar either, so if you minimize it's window, it seems to be lost. You can, however, switch back to it by using the tab-key.

If you want an easier way to start the AEB, you can make a shortcut to the executable on the cd-rom. Of course, you can only launch the program after inserting the cd-rom in your cd-rom drive (unfortunately, the auto-start feature doesn't work in Linux). For your shortcut, you probably want to use AEB's icon:

Copy the AEB icon to your harddisk:

sudo cp /media/cdrom0/eb/res/EB.ico /usr/share/pixmaps/eb.ico

Note: if you want to create a shortcut in Xfce, you cannot choose an .ico-file for the shortcut icon. You have to convert the .ico-file to another file format (e.g. PNG). If you have Imagemagick, use this command:

convert EB.ico eb.png

If you don't know how to create a shortcut, here's an how-to for Gnome, KDE and Xfce.

Tested in:

  • Debian (4.0r1, 6.0)
  • Ubuntu (6.06-6.10)
  • Xubuntu (6.06.1, 7.04)