Blackberry Blend on Linux using WINE

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

     winecfg
    
  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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