Blackberry Blend on Linux using WINE

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Note: Blackberry Blend requires a Blackberry OS 10 device to be the main/central device. You CANNOT use Blackberry Android hardware as the ‘main’ device, only as a viewport to the BB10 device.

Using Blackberry Blend from a Linux PC

The best way I know of to use Blackberry Blend from a Linux PC is to run Blackberry Blend in a virtual machine. Blackberry Blend works from Windows 10 using wireless (WLAN, 3G/4G) connection to the Blackberry OS 10 main device.

Note: the procedure below does NOT work to run Blackberry Blend in WINE. Even Blackberry Link is a fairly complicated program. Use it from a Virtual machine with Windows 10 guest for now.

Non-working Blackberry Blend from WINE

Use virtual machine Windows instead of WINE, as WINE doesn’t work.

Here’s what I unsuccessfully attempted with WINE 1.8 on Ubuntu with BlackBerryDesktopSoftware_1.2.0.52_B59.exe dated 07/08/2015.

  1. setup a WINE environment just for Blackberry Blend so that you don’t goof up other programs:
    WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_bby WINEARCH=win32 winecfg
  2. set windows version to Windows 7 using
  3. install .NET 2.0, 2.0 SP1, 3.0, 3.0 SP1, 3.5, XPS Viewer, Microsoft XML Parser (MSXML) 3.0 Service Pack 7. This will take several minutes, and you will have a browser popup a couple times to manually save files in the specified locations.
    WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_bby winetricks dotnet35
    WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_bby winetricks dotnet40
  4. Install Blackberry Blend using WINE on Linux by:
    WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_bby wine BlackBerryDesktopSoftware_1.2.0.52_B59.exe

    You may be prompted to install Mono and Gecko (twice).

Again, the WINE procedure doesn’t currently work, so use a virtual machine instead, that worked for me.

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