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Marvin in North Carolina uses the SID version of the Kerux sermon illustration database in theLinux environment. Here is what he did:
I use the SID version of the Kerux Database in Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (ver 7.10). It works perfectly. I installed SID using the WINE (Windows Emulator) program that comes installed with Kubuntu.
I tried installing SID under WINE using Kubuntu Dapper Drake (ver 6.06) but SID gave error messages that it could not find a registry entry. [see Marshall's comments below...] I have had no problems installing SID in Kubuntu 7.10.
I simply downloaded SID_setup.exe onto my 100 % Linux Laptop (Acer 3620). I clicked on SID_setup.exe [another user says you have to right-click on the file and select "Open with Wine Windows Program Loader" from the context menu], it began running under WINE, and then I selected OK etc. from the install menu when prompted. The install program for SID even put an icon on my desktop.
Marvin was an existing user of the database and didn't want to start from scratch, so he figured out how to quickly import the data from his old version. For most users, the data (sermons and illustrations) will be in the file kerux.mdb in the directory "C:/Program Files/Kerux Sermon Materials/Data".
I replaced the small kerux.mdb file in the DATA folder with the full version (nearly 400 MB) which came on a CD that I ordered last year.
The only trick for a novice would be to select the "Show Hidden Folders" in my file browser so I can view and open the .wine folder, then open the drive_c folder, then Program Files folder, then the Kerux Sermon Materials folder, then the SID folder, then the data folder - into which I copied the full kerux.mdb file.
Marshall in Maine found this fix for installing SID 4.0 in WINE:
I've been using SID for quite a while and find it really helpful. It didn't have any trouble on Kubuntu / Wine until the latest version - 4.0.6. After installing the update I got an ODBC error: Data source name not found and no default driver specified. I found the fix for the problem by rooting around on the WINE AppDB. You need additional step to add the necessary ODBC driver provider registry data (ODBCINST subkey):
$ wine odbcconf /f "c:\windows\system32\jetodbc.
Otherwise you would get the infamous "[Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified" in trace log.
Works as advertised now!
Updated April 16, 2014
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