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How to Install Mercedes EPC on Linux

The Mercedes Benz Electronic Parts Calalog (EPC) currently only supports the Windows operation system, but I only have Linux. I couldn't find instructions how to make it work on Linux, so I figured it out myself and am posting directions here. I did this on Fedora 15, though the instructions should be applicable for most common distributions. Please respond if you discover any supplementary information that people should know.

(1) Install Wine for your distribution through Terminal:

For Fedora:

Code:
su -c 'yum install wine'
or for Ubuntu:

Code:
sudo apt-get install wine
(2) Navigate to the Java Runtime Environment webpage, find the link for JRE downloads, and then find the file for Windows, which will end in .exe. Most likely, you will want "Windows x86 Offline". For me, the file was called "jre-7-windows-i586.exe". Remember where you save the file.

(3) In your file browser, right click on "jre-7-windows-i586.exe" and open with WINE.

(4) Sign up for Mercedes's EPC service (in N America, free for one year).

(5) Once you are logged into the EPC, navigate to to the EPC home and click on the link that reads "Click here to launch EPCnet Online" and save the file (named "ewa-net.jnlp").

(6) Within the WINE the file browser, find and browse to the JRE .exe file that you just downloaded. Press enter when it is highlighted, and follow through the installation process (worked for me without a hitch). If you are asked to install Gecko (an Internet Explorer clone) from within WINE, go ahead and do so. (Note: If the Gecko install fails the first time, try it again once the EPC is fully installed.)

Everything seems to be working except for the saving of notes within the EPC (though I am new to the system and may not be understanding the software correctly).

Good luck!

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Nice of you to share for the other six Linux users on the planet that own MBs and are DIYers.

If you figure out how to do that for Mac, you'll be a hero to many.

Thanks for sharing the tip.

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Quite interesting that someone even tried this.

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Thanks, Check.

Oh yes, I believe I have heard of Mac's before I tried this on my work computer and failed. The instructions should be the same as those above, but I cannot get the

(A) Download and install wine for Mac OS X. People recommend WineBottler as being easy, but Macports is an old standby, too, I think.

(B) I can successfully install "jre-7-windows-i586.exe" with WINE, but I am not able to get the Finder to open the "ewa-net.jnlp" file with the WINE version of the Java JRE.

If anyone knows how to do this, I wouldn't mind knowing how …
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Uh, did I say it wasn't valuable? It was a JOKE; hence the "wink"

I also thanked him for it. Moreover, even if it benefits no one else, I still give him props: I appreciate anyone who figures out a clever workaround.

Now if my post didn't meet your personal standards, then in the immortal words of Steve Martin, "WELL EXCUUUUUUUUUUUSE MEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"


That said, I'm not even sure what your other point is. You seem to think (or at least misstate) that Linux users outnumber Mac users.

The Mac OS represents a bit less than ten percent of personal computers -- which is still a HUGE number -- and there are many of them on this forum; their most common complaint vis-*-vis MB is that EPC is not supported on Mac. That's why someone coming up with an easy fix would be a hero.

The various flavors of Linux enjoy about 1 percent of the market.

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You guys are cracking me up. Thanks both.

I may be wrong, but I suspect that there could be a strong overlap between Linux users and MB lovers. Each demographic is technologically inclined and won't compromise on quality!
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You guys are cracking me up. Thanks both.

I may be wrong, but I suspect that there could be a strong overlap between Linux users and MB lovers. Each demographic is technologically inclined and won't compromise on quality!
Not to mention that you can sit in public wi-fi spots and snag cookies, run man-in-the-middle schemes, and other such fun stuff, and then impersonate everyone else.

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Working fine in Xubuntu...thanks!
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Thanks for sharing your info. Works great.
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