I recently received a copy of Rosetta Stone 4 and had the joy of trying to install it on Linux. Rosetta Stone 4 (which they call “TOTALe” for reasons that are beyond me) is built on Adobe AIR; however, they don’t make a Linux version available (despite the availability of Adobe AIR). So, here are the steps I took to get a working Rosetta Stone install on my Linux box.
- Ubuntu 10.10 (x86_64)
- Wine 1.2.2
- Rosetta Stone TOTALe 4.0.12
First, install Rosetta Stone via wine.
fowles@morbo$ wine /media/cdrom/setup.exe
During the installation I was twice prompted to tell xcopy where something was a file or a directory. I have no clue which it really is, so I just guessed directory. The install seemed to finish successfully, so I tried running Rosetta Stone. It ran, checked for an update, and told me that it wanted to update to 4.0.17. I clicked the go ahead button. It downloaded the update, claimed to install it, and then politely informed me that it had to restart. Unfortunately, the easy victories stopped here. Rosetta Stone did not automatically restart, moreover, when I restarted it manually, it told me that it wanted to update to 4.0.17.
At this point, I went though several hours of dead ends that I will spare you. Eventually I borrow my roommates Windows laptop, installed Rosetta Stone on his laptop, updated it, and copied the install from his laptop to mine.
scp 'C:\Program Files\Rosetta*' 'fowles@morbo:~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/'
When I ran Rosetta Stone again on my machine, it passed the version check and asked me to add a language CD. I tried to install the language CD, but this install errored out along the way. So I went back to my roommate’s laptop, installed the language CD and then let it download an update for that language. Then I copied the language data from his laptop to mine (note the lack of a space in the directories below).
scp 'C:\ProgramData\Rosetta*' 'fowles@morbo:~/.wine/drive_c/ProgramData/'
At this point, Rosetta Stone started on my laptop and allowed me to create a profile for a new learner. It then hung indefinitely while attempting to load that profile. Almost ready to throw in the towel, I closed Rosetta Stone and ran it one last time. Miraculously, it started and everything worked this time. Rosetta Stone politely informed me that the speech recognition would not function. I spent a while tweaking settings on Wine and Rosetta Stone trying to get it to work without success, but all the other parts of the program work fine, and now I can say things like “the man eats a sandwhich” or “the bicycle is red” in Spanish. I look forward to continuing to practicing until the next update for Rosetta Stone comes out, then I will probably have to pester my roommate again.