If you want to run installed applications from another partition, mount your DOS or Windows partition before installing the packages. Some packages include configuration scripts and they do not work if there is no access to your Windows drive. Please have a look at Chapter 12 before mounting your DOS or Windows drive!)
I do not know much about distributions other than Debian, so my examples in this section are specific to Debian. For other systems I provide some some hints to solve special problems. In general there should be no problem to install packages on a libc6 based system such as Debian or the new Red Hat. Especially on Debian, libc5- and libc6-based software should compile and run.
You may get the packages from your distribution CD. To install call dselect and check the packages "libwine", "wine" and "wine-doc". Look at the dependencies, check additional packages if needed. Then install and configure the packages. If you take the packages from the stable distribution, it is highly recommended to use "apt-get install". Apt-get looks for dependencies and fetches and installs all needed packages.
If you want to install packages more recent than those distributed, fetch them as described above, then put them all in one directory. Before you install them, be very sure that you have downloaded the correct versions of all packages you need! If you install binaries from unstable Linux distribution into a stable distribution you do so at your own risk.
To install the packages, you must be root or take sudo. I assume that you use sudo or su -c; if you use su -c, you have to put the command into quotation marks like this:
$ sudo dpkg --install [package file name]
$ su -c "dpkg --install [package file name]"
and for each package
$ sudo dpkg --configure --pending
$ su -c "dpkg --configure --pending"
Later you may correct your config using "sudo wineconfig" or just edit it. The important config file "wine.conf" on Debian is in "/etc". If you use another distribution or have Wine installed locally you may find is in "/usr/local/etc".
Slackware up to version 3.5 is a libc5 based system. So you are very limited in alternatives for installing Wine.
You may install packages precompiled for libc5. As the packaging system for Slackware is very limited you have to download binary packages that are not distribution-specific (Usually .tar.gz or .tar.bz2) and install them on your system. Be aware that it really is recommended to update your system to libc6.
If you want to use packages precompiled for libc6, you have to install the libc6-runtime packages first. On Slackware 3.5 you will find them on your distribution disk in the contrib directory.
If you do not get it work, please ask in the Slackware related newsgroups for help on getting libc6 based binaries running; or try to compile Wine yourself.