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Old 10-11-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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Installing Microsoft Office Professional in WINE?


Hi, I have tried installing Microsoft Office 07 in WINE, or opening it there. I am considering that in needs to unzip perhaps?

I tried , "open with WINE", the exe file. But no success.

Is there a WINE instructions centre?

Using MInt 6 and gOS both Ubuntu based. And WINE from 2009.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 08:34 AM   #2
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What exactly have you tried? What commands have you run, and what errors have you gotten?
 
Old 10-11-2009, 08:37 AM   #3
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Hi, I have tried installing Microsoft Office 07 in WINE, or opening it there. I am considering that in needs to unzip perhaps?

I tried , "open with WINE", the exe file. But no success.

Is there a WINE instructions centre?

Using MInt 6 and gOS both Ubuntu based. And WINE from 2009.
Why don't you use openoffice.org?
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=643131
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:06 AM   #4
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Why don't you use openoffice.org?
Openoffice.org is not a clear enough substitute for MS Office to make that a valid answer for someone trying to use MS Office in Wine.

I haven't tried MS Office in Wine myself, because I don't intend to violate the license and I'm not sure of the license status of old MS Office versions purchased with computers we no longer use (OEM MS software licenses seem to be restricted to the original computer).

I have used openoffice.org on both Linux and Windows. I'm impressed with the word processing and presentation components compared to the corresponding components of MS Office. But I really don't use any of that much and my family members who do use those components of MS Office a lot are put off by the differences from what they are used to and from what the schools insist they use.

I use Excel a lot and have tried similar operations in the corresponding openoffice.org component. There openoffice.org uses so much more memory and is so much slower that it cannot be considered as a substitute for any serious use of Excel. I wouldn't mind even significant differences in UI (there were fewer than expected) and I was very impressed with the level of compatibility and ability to import complex (older) Excel files (I don't even have the newest Excel). But if it is too slow to do the job, there is no way around that.

So if you know how to make MS Office work in Wine, help would be appreciated by the OP and I'd appreciate it too (I'm trying to get my sons to use Linux instead of Windows and I think their college student copies of MS Office aren't as restricted by license as my OEM copies). But if you don't know how to use MS Office in Wine, please don't suggest not using it.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:24 AM   #5
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Crossover Linux is a pay version of wine specifically customized to run Microsoft Office, and even this version of wine doesn't work very well. From my perspective, with a lot of experience using wine, wine is a program in active development, at about the pre-beta stage. It isn't meant for production use. The few programs I ever got to work right were very simple programs that just didn't have a linux substitute.

Other than those few instances, I haven't been able to get wine to work. And believe me, I usually can get stuff to work. And if you work at it long enough, and hard enough, you can probably get MS Office to install. I'll give you a good hint:

You need to run 'winecfg' to make a .wine directory with the Windows file tree. Until you do that nothing will work in wine. I've also found sometimes you must run winecfg as root, and then run Windows programs as root, like so:

linux@debian # su
linux@debian # <password>
linux@debian # wine <windows_program>
 
Old 10-11-2009, 09:34 AM   #6
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:40 AM   #7
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I have been running Office 2007 in the most recent version of CrossOver. There are some little annoyances, but it seems to work quite well.

I hardly ever use it however, because most of my work can be done with OpenOffice.org
 
Old 10-11-2009, 10:34 AM   #8
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I will try this tomorrow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DmOVF6JQfU
 
  


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