Thursday, February 10, 2011

Watchtower Library 2010 in Ubuntu under Wine

I am a Jehovah's Witness, and one of my interests is always in getting a digital publication offered by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania to run under Ubuntu, it is called the Watchtower Library.

As of the 2010 edition, the normal wine offered in the repositories of Ubuntu 10.10 (and earlier versions) is no longer sufficient to run the program.

In particular, it will always report an error, and then close, being non functional.

I figured out how to solve this problem, and thought it a good idea to help any other brothers and sisters out there that are a linux user and also like to use the Watchtower Library.

Here are the steps I took:

Open the Software Sources menu by going to Applications->Ubuntu Software Center, then selecting Edit->Software Sources. Choose the Other Software tab and click Add.
System->Administration->Software Sources->Other Software

* Some of you may not have the menu item "Software Sources", to gain access to the area I mention here, you can find the same area for entry under System-Administration-Synaptic Package Manager. Once in Synaptic, click on settings, then repositories, and you will have the same menu mentioned above.

Then, copy and paste the line below into the APT Line: area.

Then click the "add source" button. it is below the APT Line: area on the same window.

Once Ubuntu reloads the new repositories, click this link:
"click this link to install the wine1.3 package."

This link is found on this webpage:

Once this process is complete, if you have already installed Watchtower Library 2010, it should now just work without the error.

I hope my little how to on this problem was helpful.

Most of this information is available at 'Wine HQ' under downloads, and then Ubuntu. I did some small editing in order to be as clear as possible.

Also, this was not intended to in any way encroach upon the rights of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, this information is released solely as a remedy to a technical issue with Wine 1.2 or earlier releases and the Watchtower Library, edition 2010.

(P.S. Some people might find that once the library is running all the letters are blocks. This can be fixed by pressing F2, or by going to the Library option on the top left, and then under the text tab choosing another font category or type, i.e. browser text, printer text, etc for category, or arial, freesans, comic sans, etc in the font type.)

This fix may be undone by system updates, or upgrades. Just follow the steps again to repair the non functioning Watchtower Library.


  1. Thank you SO MUCH Brother. You are great.

  2. I was having trouble with this. Your solution worked very well. Thank you for your help!

  3. I am glad this helped someone, always glad to help brothers, and those with linux tech issues. :)

  4. 11.10 is a whole new ball of wax. It's not working there even with the most recent wine.

  5. I have the library working fine with Ubuntu 11.10, using Wine 1.3. The only thing that will run the library so far has been the desktop config file created during install.

    I have done a completely fresh install instead of an upgrade, so perhaps this is the problem.

  6. I wrote an up to date howto on this subject for Ubuntu 11.10. It's available here:

  7. Srry but it didn't work for me... I did everything that is written above but no result. Help

  8. Wiltheman, I have an updated article for the library under Ubuntu 11.10 here.

    Hope that helps!

  9. I use Linux Mint 11 and when I installed Wine 1.3 it broke my WTLib install. I had to find a repository with an older version of WINE 1.3.15 to get it working again. If you read up on WINE updates you'll find this isn't at all unusual.

  10. Linoski from Cal. Says..... Thank You My brother.I will definite try it.