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Old 03-27-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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Can somebody recommend a good wine for running ms office and give a source for installation instructions?

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Most distros have Wine in their repositories, but I don't know for PCLinuxOS. If not, you can get Wine from the Wine-webpage.
For applications you want to install have a look at the Application Database, for example this page for MS Office.

My opinion: If you really need to run MS Office, run it in Windows, either in a dual-boot native install or in a virtual machine.
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Might look at OpenOffice too. It is a way to do much of what may be needed in a real linux app.

But if you still need that then the best advice is to always start with the way your distro is built. They tend to have some way to update or increase software. Some call it package management of software management or one click or such.

Second to that is to go to the wine-hq site and get a package for your distro. It is possible for you to completely create an install but I'd suggest against that.

There is a commercial program too that may be better than wine. I think LQ was offering a code to buy it on a discount.

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Old 03-28-2011, 05:02 AM   #4
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Hi katyelaine,
I'm no expert in linux, but as jefro commented you should try Open Office. I do a lot of writing and since most of the world is on windows, I need to ensure that what I send them can be read without any issues. I find that Open Office is very good, and I've actually been using Open Office for a year and nobody's guessed that I'm on anything other than Windows. There are no compatibality issues at all, and in fact when earlier I was on XP, I had a tough time because XP does not recognize the .docx format. Of course there is a patch that you can install, but then I find Open Office much easier to use, and it actually gives me more options than MS word does. The only trouble I have ever faced is that when I put in any charts, they tend to get mis-alligned when opened in word, but this could have been a user defect, because it does not happen all the time.


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