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Sibelius on Ubuntu

I recommend Rosegarden for creating music scores on Linux. But sometimes it can be useful to have Sibelius installed, just in case you have to change something in someone else's score, or to open one of your own works from the pre-linux days.

To do so, you'll have to install wine first.

The regular install on Ubuntu 7.10 works, but you might as well install the newer version. Add this to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt gutsy main  
deb-src http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt gutsy main  

Add the key for this repository:

> cd /tmp  
> wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg  
> sudo apt-key add 387EE263.gpg  

Install wine:

> sudo apt-get install wine msttcorefonts  

Now you're ready to install sibelius. (Replace the path to your setup file)

> wine /media/cdrom/setup.exe  

Sibelius needs one extra file: gdiplus.dll which must be placed in ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

After that Sibelius works great. If you can't use midi (when your scores cannot be played), install timidity:

> sudo apt-get install timidity