Friday, June 30, 2017

Watchtower Library 2017 in Ubuntu 16.04

As you may have heard, the Watchtower Library is now being updated by internet instead of by a newly printed DVD every year.

So even though (as the image shows) their will never be an official 2017 version, I wanted to check on the installation and usability of the library under the current LTS version of Ubuntu, 16.04.

The first thing I did was to make sure that the newest stable version of Wine was installed. I did this by following the instructions at

Here are the steps I used to get the most stable version of current Wine, which is 2.0.1.:

If your system is 64 bit, enable 32 bit architecture (if you haven't already) by running this command in the terminal:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Then I used these commands to add the newest version of Wine to the repository, which will allow you to install it.

wget -nc
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo apt-add-repository

Once i did that, it's time to update your packages list and install the newest version of Wine.

Wine needs to install wine-mono and wine-gecko in order to run wine apps. Don't be alarmed if it asks you to install these, just say yes to these steps.

In the terminal, run the command sudo apt-get update.

I chose the stable branch, so then I used the command sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable.

Once you do this, you can just run the install file on the DVD via Wine.

I was very impressed at the easy, perfectly smooth installation and operation of the library on Wine 2.0.1.

This is usually where I tell you about the problems I came up with, and the solutions I used.

Thankfully I can't do that here, because I had none. It worked perfectly.

For those of you not using Ubuntu or an Ubuntu based distribution, you can get help for the major versions of Linux here:

Here is a picture of the library working without playonlinux on my current setup:

As always, if you run into problems with the library, please feel free to email me at I may take some time to respond based on how busy I am, but I am always willing to help my brothers and sisters with these issues.


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