Ubuntu: Wine and PortableApps

Since I have been using PortableApps (especially Thunderbird) for a while I figured I’d use wine to avoid configuring email accounts and all that hassle. All it was, after collecting some information (I should have found that page before even installing Ubuntu!), is this:

  1. Get the PortableApps somewhere writable (I made a new ntfs partition using fuse-utils and ntfsprogs) — I have enabled compression on my Windows XP NTFS partitions which no Linux NTFS driver is capable of at the moment.
  2. Mount the partition eg. via sudo ntfsmount /dev/hda2 /media/portablestuff -o uid=1000
  3. Install wine: sudo aptitude install wine
  4. Run any program via command line something like this: $wine /media/portablestuff/path/to/ThunderbirdPortable/ThunderbirdPortable.exe
  5. To unmount use sudo fusermount -u /media/portablestuff


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  3. Matt said,

    Thursday, 19th Mar 2009 at 18:09

    I avoided using wine for Thunderbird. I made sure that my Thunderbird profile was in a directory that is Linux compat. (no spaces in dir name). I then edited both windows and Linux profiles.ini to reflect the change:

    In Linux profiles.ini is usually in /home/username/.mozilla/thunderbird and Firefox /home/username/.mozilla/home/username/.mozilla/firefox
    In Windows profiles.ini is in c:\Documents and Settings/username/Application Data/Mozilla/Firefox (or Thunderbird).

    profiles.ini edits needed:


    IsRelative=0 <—- change this from 1 to 0
    Path=/media/System/matt/firefox/5anrkz6m.default <–change this to reflect the absolute path to your profile.

    Now if you boot into either OS, Thunderbird uses the same profile and all your mail folders, installed plug-ins and addons are there.

    You can do the same with Firefox.

    • sysblog said,

      Saturday, 21st Mar 2009 at 16:55

      Thanks, Matt, for sharing your experience! I changed some formatting for readability reasons, but left your words untouched.


  4. Evert said,

    Tuesday, 1st Jul 2008 at 10:54

    Thanx, it works great!

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