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Old 09-16-2001, 03:46 PM   #1
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Question Will the MS Office Suite work in Mandrake Linux 8.1?

My dad wants to know if Office 2000/XP will work in Linux?

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well, yeah it will, not sure about XP, but 2000 will. You'll need to use wine to run it.. but you knew that right? ;-)

it won't 'run' in quite the same sense as your dad means, but it is fully usable. Install it in windows, and the configure wine to use it under linux. It's one of the few things that wine can actually do well enough. But what's wrong with staroffice?
Old 09-16-2001, 04:08 PM   #3
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I'm installing Linux for my first time tonight, and my dad is hounding me about is it better, (yes! so I have heard, Winblowz sux!!!!!!!!) and will Office suite work cuz if it is better, he wants to possibly switch from Win2K to Linux at work with all the computers.
I'm just getten into all the Linux stuff right now, so I don't even know yet what all the progs are that work, etc.
Still up on it and stuff.

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P.S. What office software do you recomend for Linux, such as Word Progs, and Excel, etc?? Thanx! (nned this for work, )
Old 09-16-2001, 07:44 PM   #4
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I use a program called Abiword for word processing, and one called Gnumeric for spreadsheets. Abiword comes with many distros, not sure if Mandrake includes it. If not, you can get it from here
Gnumeric also comes with many distros, and is avaliable from the GNOME website here .
If you want a more integrated package or suite, try Sun's Staroffice avaliable here , or the KOfiice suite avaliable here .
For mp3 playing, I recommend xmms, which is probably included in your distrobution.
Old 09-16-2001, 11:36 PM   #5
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Most, if not all, of the programs bobthebat mentioned come bundled with the boxed version of most current releases. If not, they're all freely available as downloads. AbiWord, the KOffice suite, and StarOffice are all included in the standard edition of Mandrake 8.0, as are Gnucash (a Quicken equivalent) and, I believe, Gnumeric, an Excel-type spreadsheet program. If you're going with another distro, check their web site to see what is included in the particular packages they offer.

Sun had made a point of making StarOffice very compatible with its M$ counterparts, so the StarOffice suite is probably the best in terms of interoperability. However, if your dad is pretty familiar with the MS Office components, all of the Linux equivalents should be pretty easy for him to learn to use.

Keep in mind that running actual MS software under Linux is, as acid_kewpie said, only possible using a Windows emulator such as Wine (free) or VMware (not free), so you'll take the usual performance/speed hit that one incurrs when running anything under an OS emulator. This will probably cause your dad to think that Linux is slower than (or not as good as) Windows, although neither are really true. If he has an interest in Linux and wants to compare the pros and cons of the two, you should probably go with the Linux-native equivalents of the MS apps he currently uses to level the playing field.

Also- if he's evaluating Linux as a possible replacement OS for his Windows-infested computers at work, your dad needs to keep in mind, from a business perspective, a few things (no flames for what's to come, people; these are valid issues):

A) While Linux has a lot to offer in that department, it is not, nor was it originally intended to be, a "point-and-click" ("point-and-crash"?) OS for the thinking-impaired masses. Users who have learned to be productive in a Windows environment will need to be oriented to Linux and will need to be taught how to navigate that new environment. and that means investment (financially and time-wise) by the company. I've supported clients who've had to migrate from Windows to Mac or from Macs to Windows, and even that small transition required a lot of hand-holding.

B) Linux is, at the core, a child of UNIX. To transition to Linux at your father's business, they will need system administrators, techs, and possibly help-desk people who know UNIX/Linux. This is not a skill that MS certified (or Novell certified, for that matter) people have, unless they've picked it up in past jobs. In other words, unless the support infrastructure at your dad's company has dealt with UNIX/Linux, they'll need to hire new people with those skills.
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Some excellent observations, DMR, and by the way - you write very well!!


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