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Old 05-12-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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Do I have this concept down correctly?

Hello everyone, I don't really post much because so many of the skills y'all would deem rudimentary are still very new to me. This question has more to do with finding out if I'm thinking along the correct lines or not and if this was the improper forum let me know. In the future I will do my best to post in the right forums.

Basically the situation is this. My father has foreseen that over the next few years it might be likely he would have to go with Linux, which will totally fullfill his needs without any real tweaking except in one respect. He is a novelist and his word processing program of choice is Word Perfect. I realize that I can get Word Perfect to run using Wine but he isn't going to want to fart around with the command line everytime he wants to write. He is going to want a desktop icon that he can simply click on.

Now here is my logic (am I thinking along the right lines here?). Write and save the command to run Word Perfect as a script and then link an icon to that script.

I'm not looking for the actual scripting; if it happens it will be far enough in the future I should have the skill. What I'm looking for is finding out if I'm learning things correctly as I read these forums or if I've gotten sidetracked.

I thank everone for any answers.
Old 05-12-2006, 08:13 PM   #2
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The script + link sounds like a perfectly reasonable idea.
Old 05-12-2006, 08:21 PM   #3
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You do not need separate script. Just use something like this for your icon's command line:

wine "C:\\path\\to\\wordperfect.exe"
Old 05-13-2006, 08:23 AM   #4
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Possibly not the answer you wanted, but why not get him to try I've never used WP, but i find that Openoffice has some real advantages over MSWord.

Now--does OOo read WP files? Hmmmm......
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Now--does OOo read WP files? Hmmmm......
Yes, but I don't know how well it handles them.
Old 05-13-2006, 08:40 AM   #6
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Two answers. One is that Word Perfect is available for Linux, without using Wine. Look here and here.

Assuming you are using KDE for your desktop, right click on the desktop, and select "Create New", then "Link to Application". In the resulting box click the tab for "Application" and insert the name of the executable where it says "Command" (you can also browse to it)..You can find the executable with the "whereis" command in a shell; "whereis abiword" gives me:

abiword: /usr/bin/abiword /usr/man/man1/abiword.1.gz /usr/share/man/man1/abiword.1.gz

The path is /usr/bin/abiword.

Good luck.

Old 05-15-2006, 08:33 PM   #7
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First I would like to thank everyone that replied. While I am, so far, a little lost on how to do a lot of things with Linux it does seem that I am slowly beginning to understand how things can be worked. My original idea would have worked but clumsily and would be a needless step since you can actuate the program from the icon's command line (I learned something new there; thanks Emerson.).

The best case would definitely be for my father to use Open Office but I'm sure everyone understands how rigid some people can be. I may see if I can get him to try it out the version that works on windows. In the meantime I think that figuring out how to correctly install WP8 for Linux (thanks lotusjps46, I had searched to see if there was a version for Linux but never searched any further after finding out it had been discontinued) will be an excellent project to further my education.

I am so pleased that I discovered this forum. Even though my learning will be painfully slow it is evident that simply reading the forum will educate me through a sort of osmosis. I'll pick things up without realizing that I've learned.
Old 05-16-2006, 03:27 AM   #8
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Now--does OOo read WP files? Hmmmm......
Originally Posted by sumguy231
Yes, but I don't know how well it handles them.
I'm always opening docs with either Word or Open Office and the only problem i have is that sometimes the layout gets screwed up.


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