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Oh man...I wish I had the link I read a few months ago...
(some diligent googling should find it tho) it was about a little known way that you could use Open Office and SQL to access an existing Access database. You couldn't use the screens or VB modules of course, but you could write new SQL queries against the tables and existing data (perfect for converting to another Db in linux).
If I find it later I'll post it, but I'm sure if you google it'll be found eventually.