This article is about using VARA FM and/or VARA HF on a linux laptop—or computer.
Quick and dirty
1$ sudo apt-get install wine-stable winetricks exe-thumbnailer 2 3$ export WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-winlink 4$ export WINEARCH=win32 5 6$ winetricks winxp 7$ winetricks sound=alsa 8 9$ winetricks -q dotnet35sp1 10$ winetricks vb6run 11$ winetricks vcrun2015 12 13## now, as an update when my already working winlink express installation 14## failed, i had to install also the following dotnet applications with winetricks 15$ winetricks -q dotnet40 16$ winetricks -q dotnet46 17 18## Optional, if you want backups 19$ tar -cJf wine-backup_$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S)_initial-setup.tar.xz .wine-winlink 20 21$ wine Downloads/Winlink_Express_install.exe 22 23## Optional, if you want backups after you installed Winlink 24$ tar -cJf wine-backup_$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H-%M-%S)_winlink-installed.tar.xz .wine-winlink 25 26$ wine Downloads/VARA\ setup\ \(Run\ as\ Administrator\).exe 27$ wine Downloads/VARA\ FM\ setup\ \(Run\ as\ Administrator\).exe 28 29## Optional, if you want backups, after you installed Winlink and VARA 30$ 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.
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.
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.