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Old 11-09-2018, 12:28 PM   #61
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I believe j.p.s. was talking about distributing a dockerfile. It's a config file only. No software would be distributed. The dockerfile merely creates the container. But unless there's a direct url which can be used to download the official ADE installer, you'll still be in a situation where the ADE installer will need to be hosted somewhere by someone so that the OS running inside the docker container could consistently access the correct version.

Then you'd have to map shared storage with the host machine where WINE could store its registry (so you didn't have to register that instance of ADE each and every time the container was started), as well as mapping ADE's library location to be shared with the host machine so the downloaded ebooks would persist after downloading.

None of that takes into consideration what needs to happen to even get an ADE-Running-in-WINE-in-a-Linux-Docker-Container in the first place.

It's just not worth the trouble in my opinion. Just fire up a VirtualBox XP guest with ADE installed on it and be done.

EDIT: Also ... Docker has considerable overhead to begin with. If people weren't crazy about a WINE prefix taking a ton of disk space, just wait until you see how much Docker, a basic Linux server image, all the extra software needed to install WINE, and the WINE software needed to run ADE in WINE will take up! Better beef up /var (or configure Docker to store its containers/images elsewhere).

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Old 11-09-2018, 04:01 PM   #62
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Ah, sorry - was just sort of talking out loud and not really sure if it would make sense (technically or otherwise, which I see now it does not - thanks for the history).

I'm happy to just keep coming back and updating instructions as needed to help others. (and thank you to everyone who have done amazing work so far)
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Thanks DiapDealer. No doubt I'll end up playing around with Docker one day, but not for ADE.

@patdavid. I think you're right. For the moment the best course seems to be just keeping the instructions up to date as long as possible. I would suggest we all keep a copy of the ADE Installer and pre-requisities for our own use. The link for ADE is currently from an archive.org snapshot of Adobe's download page, so who knows how long it will last. I also think there is probably little demand for extensive work on scripts and containers and the like to make it easier for the masses who can't or won't follow a relatively simple procedure or who are allergic to the shell. In fact, I don't think there are any such masses. Linux users who love reading ebooks, care about DRM and want ADE on their boxes are I suspect a tiny group to start with. I think we have done enough to make it easy for each other and hopefully will continue to solve problems as required. I for one am happy to assist anyone who does encounter problems so long as they are willing and able to help themselves. The instructions as they stand or the ones on Pat's blog should be sufficient even for a Linux newbie to get things working, particularly with help from this forum. Hand holding can go only so far. It is not rocket science to copy and paste a few commands, extract a cab or copy a few dll files. Nor to post error messages if things go wrong.

I followed the instructions to install into a Mint VM and they worked flawlessly, including the copying of the dll's. I'm fairly happy with their current state. So far we have no reports of failures with the updated version.
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