I’ve written before about using Wine to run various old games and Windows apps on non-Windows platforms without the hassle, performance penalty and cost of using a full desktop virtualization application.
I’ve decided to check out (and review!) a commercial Wine offering for .nix platforms called Bordeaux. There are several interesting things about Bordeaux: it’s affordable; the company claims stability for a varied albeit small set of Windows applications (Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Internet Explorer, VLC media player, etc.); and perhaps most intriguingly, it appears to be the first commercial application out there to recognise OpenIndiana and to offer a distinct OpenIndiana installer accordingly. Promising stuff, so let’s dig into the installation process.
I am performing this on an Intel Q8200 system running OpenIndiana release oi_147.
I checked out a copy of Bordeaux for OpenIndiana from Bordeaux Technology Group’s online store. A few minutes later I was sent a download link: the installer is 103.5MB, and consists of a single shell script with no accompanying documentation. A readme with the latest release notes and the installation procedure here would be useful, even just a mirror to what is found on their website.
After making the installation script executable, I ran it and immediately had a problem. The script apparently uses GNU tar, and on my system /usr/bin is first in my PATH, not /usr/gnu/bin. Altering my PATH so that GNU utilities are looked at first allowed the installation script to proceed.
Post-install, I noticed that the Bordeaux directory and contents created at /opt/bordeaux were owned by a non-existent 101 user (no such user on my system). Again, a manual change in ownership was required here.
Other than that, Bordeaux application entries were created in GNOME, and selecting a Windows application installation command gave me an instant idea of what the supported applications are (below).
Next step is to try out a few of the supported Windows apps. Stay tuned.