This article is about using VARA FM and/or VARA HF on a linux laptop—or computer.

Quick and dirty

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$ sudo apt-get install wine-stable winetricks exe-thumbnailer

$ export WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-winlink
$ export WINEARCH=win32

$ winetricks winxp
$ winetricks sound=alsa

$ winetricks -q dotnet35sp1
$ winetricks vb6run
$ winetricks vcrun2015

## now, as an update when my already working winlink express installation
## failed, i had to install also the following dotnet applications with winetricks
$ winetricks -q dotnet40
$ winetricks -q dotnet46

## Optional, if you want backups
$ tar -cJf wine-backup_$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S)_initial-setup.tar.xz .wine-winlink

$ wine Downloads/Winlink_Express_install.exe

## Optional, if you want backups after you installed Winlink
$ tar -cJf wine-backup_$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S)_winlink-installed.tar.xz .wine-winlink

$ wine Downloads/VARA\ setup\ \(Run\ as\ Administrator\).exe
$ wine Downloads/VARA\ FM\ setup\ \(Run\ as\ Administrator\).exe

## Optional, if you want backups, after you installed Winlink and VARA
$ tar -cJf wine-backup_$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S)_vara-installed.tar.xz .wine-winlink

If your VARA window is empty after it gets started from Winlink, just minimize it and restore it and you should see it’s content again.

Resources

This article is practically based on the instructions found over at http://k6eta.com/linux/installing-rms-express-on-linux-with-wine.

The following files have been re-uploaded on my website to create a duplicate resource for download, but primarily to prevent them from going offline in the case the resource goes down for whatever reason.

note
I do not claim them to be my creation, I just want them to be online on a place that I find again.

Visit the website k6eta.com above if you want to know more details about Winlink on Linux.

Thanks to Steven K6ETA for his excellent explanations on his website, so I could narrow this down to the quick copy-and-paste-box above.