Running Winlink and VARA on LinuxPublish date: Oct 3, 2021
Tags: linux winlink vara windows
This article is about using VARA FM and/or VARA HF on a linux laptop – or computer.
Quick and dirty
sudo apt-get install wine-stable sudo apt-get install winetricks sudo apt-get install exe-thumbnailer export WINEPREFIX=/home/dominic/.wine-winlink export WINEARCH=win32 winetricks winxp winetricks sound=alsa winetricks -q dotnet35sp1 winetricks vb6run winetricks vcrun2015 # 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 screen gets spilled with messages, you could try to kill running wine
wineserver -k — but make sure that you run this command
in the same terminal window as you should export the WINEPREFIX environment
If your VARA windows are empty after you start them via Winlink, just minimize them and re-open them and all should be fine.
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 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.