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:
su -c 'yum install wine'
or for Ubuntu:
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).