I went cold-turkey on Windows at the beginning of this year, installing Ubuntu on my work station. It’s been frustrating at times, when you have to learn to do tasks again but you soon adapt. One thing I have missed though are some Windows tools and applications. Most have been replaced, even PhotoShop has a near perfect copy in Pixel Image Editor but no one has bothered to port the smaller tools, especially niche ones that help in SEO/SEM.
So as part of my contribution to the Linux community, I’ve been trying to help in the Wine project. This software attempts to allow you to run Windows programs in a Linux environment, and is completely free. The list of applications they have working is impressive and the work of the Wine community has definitely enabled many people to cross to Linux.
One of the first tools I have managed to get working there, is GSiteCrawler. This program will scan your site and automatically create and upload an XML sitemap for Google or Yahoo! Once uploaded, their location can be added to the respective webmaster panels.
How to Install GSiteCrawler for Ubuntu
If you already have Wine installed then jump to point 4.
1. Add the Wine respository to your system:
# sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
2. Update your system package information:
# sudo apt-get update
3. You can now install Wine by clicking this link. Alternatively, you can install by going to Applications->Add/Remove and searching for Wine.
4. Install the following at the terminal:
# wget kegel.com/wine/winetricks && sh winetricks jet40
5. Download the full installation copy of GSiteCrawler from here and save to your desktop.
6. Right click the program install file and select “Open with Wine Windows Program loader”.
You’re done. Of course, any of my Windows readers can also download GSiteCrawler and install this handy application. I’m building a list of Ubuntu-friendly SEO/SEM tools as a reference for online marketers who have crossed over or are thinking about the switch. Feel free to list any must-have Windows tools in the comments and I’ll add them to my list for testing.