> Does anyone have a nice and simple tutorial on how to
> install/configure/run wine on FreeBSD 4.8?


(This is the most direct and accurate answer to the question you asked.)

In order to get the most out of Wine, you have to be an expert in both
Microsoft Windows and Wine.  However, you may be able to get something
useful out of Wine with only a moderately severe investment of time and
intellectual energy.

In a nutshell, to install Wine:

        cd /usr/ports/emulators/wine
        make install
        make clean

This takes a couple of hours and more than half a GB of scratch disk space
on my old machine (and a little over 10 minutes on my new machine!).
After you do the "make install", examine the last batch of lines output
in the window in which you did the make.  You should see block of text
beginning with:

  In order to use Wine on FreeBSD 4.x, you need a kernel with option USER_LDT
  enabled.  You also need options SYSVSHM, SYSVSEM, and SYSVMSG; these are
  default on FreeBSD 4.x and above.

and ending with:

  For more information, and contact details about the security
  status of this software, see the following webpage: 

Read this text somewhat carefully.  You might want to save it in a file.
It mentions some useful man pages, doc files, and a configuration file.

Also check out /usr/ports/emulators/linux-winetools.  I have never used
this port but it looks like it might be useful.

I am sorry I can't be more helpful, but I don't think anything else I can
write would do you much good.  You have to learn about Wine yourself
(mostly the hard way).

Dan Strick
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