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_126.96.36.199_B59.exe dated 07/08/2015.
- setup a WINE environment just for Blackberry Blend so that you don’t goof up other programs:
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_bby WINEARCH=win32 winecfg
- set windows version to Windows 7 using
- 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
- Install Blackberry Blend using WINE on Linux by:
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_bby wine BlackBerryDesktopSoftware_188.8.131.52_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.