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i think that openoffice / staroffice or abiword can handle those files. maybe only office2k tho, but you could always just work with those files instead of xp, i presume he difference is somewhat minimal
There is a program that should have been installed by default with Mandy called KWord. This can do MS .doc files (up to Office 2000, not sure about XP). Open Office, however, seems to read them better, but it seems to crash more frequently than KWord. If all you need is to read/write the text, then go for KWord, if you've got a lot of tables and stuff, then go for Open Office.
Oh, by the way, Open Office will not be on the Mandy CDs, you'll either have to download it or get it from the cover CD/DVD of a Linux magazine.
Good luck, and don't give up on Linux. It may not be (quite as) easy as Windows, but we're here to help.
Just a suggestion but, you could always save it as a different file extension. I can open .doc files in Linux but it sometimes messes it up. I usually save it as a .rtf (rich-text format) file. Both Office XP and KWord, or Abiword can open those files up easily.
staroffice IS openoffice to 99%. open is the open source version, and is highly similar. both are very slow, and cumbersome and i avoid them equally. staroffice is no longer free however, so version 6, which will cost money, so no one will buy it.
Star Office 6 is only a beta now. Moreover, it has an expiration date from which it is supposed to be inoperable. Since the beta version seems to have more problems than expected, Sun offers a patch to extend the expiration period. This, however, also means that it will expire at a certain date.
And rumours say it will no longer be free..
Because of this, I rather recommend OpenOffice, which is the open source (and free) version of Star Office.
- offers the greatest compatibility for M$ Office documents (yet, it needs some improvements...)
- has the same functions as StarOffice, except for e-mail and database connectivity
- is as slow as StarOffice on Linux, and needs a lot of RAM (do not attempt to run it if you do not have at least 64 Megs)
Distribution: Mandrake 8.1 on two pc and Debian on one, RedHat on one and Libranet(debian on one)
StarOffice and OpenOffice versions are quite good in that you really can save basic documents as msoffice-97/2000/XP files and they even work ok. In more complicated maters the openoffice goes so much further than there is no reason to use ms-office, which I find really too heavy to use for anything. If you compare say ExcellXP and gnumeric and abiword (also for win) to msWord - yhou can see what I mean. Heavy, full of nonesense, but weak for performance.
Koffice ist ready yet, so it has it s limitations (But I hope, it'll develop soon- as it has potential
I personally tried staroffice and found it very slow, it works but I don't like it very much. Another way of doing, that worked easily, was to start MSword with wine. There again, it works but a bit slow (not sure about XP) and there we go back to M...t what I don't realy want. But I could not use Kword to work with .doc files! (maybe digititus!). I am also discovering Linux, scratching my head, bitching sometimes, but I already love it!