@graham. Actually I didn't. I have BW 7, and was told that the .chm files did not crash in 8, but that is apparently not true.
I am working on solving this problem, but have not received any comments on the thread I opened to that effect: http://www.bibleworks.com/forums/sho...ighlight=linux
You can, however, view the .chm files using a native .chm viewer in Linux. Try gnochm. Just browse to your Bibleworks database directory and open the .chm file in Linux (I've linked all these files to a separate folder for easy access).
Anybody solve this issue?