there is minor graphical glitch in the upper left, but everything else works fine so far.
I had to use IE for a site which makes heavy use of ActiveX and that worked fine.
What does not
Apparently it is not possible to access any ftp site, no matter if is in the inter- or intranet. The following error message appears:
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
Most likely causes:
•You are not connected to the Internet.
•The website is encountering problems.
•There might be a typing error in the address.
What was not tested
I did install the mono package before installing ie8. So I do not know if it is an actual prerequisite or not necessary.
First off: make sure you are in a true 32-bit environment. Under Arch Linux the wine package comes with WoW64 enabled by default. Which meant I had to create a new prefix and set it explicit as win32. In the win32 prefix run winetricks and launch the ie8 script. In the installation dialog of IE8 make sure you untick every option, such as look for updates, install malicious removal tool, accelerators, extensions, etc. This also applies for the post-installation dialog (first run wizard). Then you should be fine,
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Arch Linux x86_64||May 09 2014||1.7.18||Yes||Yes||Silver||albert|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 13 2013||1.6-rc5||No||Not installable||Garbage||Ken Sharp|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 25 2010||1.3.7||No||Not installable||Garbage||Ken Sharp|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 09 2010||1.2-rc7||No||Not installable||Garbage||Michael Lancaster|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 13 2009||1.1.25||No||Not installable||Garbage||Ken Sharp|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|22928||IE8 for Vista's "missing updates" message is cut off||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|26757||Multiple Microsoft installers need implementation of Windows Update Standalone Installer 'Wusa.exe' to support '.msu' packages (.NET Framework 4.5.x/4.6.x/Win Vista+, IE8/Win Vista+, IE10/Win7 mode)||STAGED||View|
1. Copy and paste the following into a terminal:
cat > /tmp/IE8.reg <<EOF
2. Run winetricks -q urlmon mshtml
This may work, it may not. Try winetricks.