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Old 02-11-2004, 04:32 PM   #1
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WINE - works, kind of

I am a new Linux user

I have a dual boot system I plan use until I feel comfortable with Linux

I installed Fedora and I pretty much like what it comes with

I also installed WINE because I want to keep using MS Office.

I was able to get Word, Excel and Power Point installed BUT . . .
when ever I try to open a Word document ( i.e. a file with a .doc extension)
I only get a blank Word document. Also I can not create a new Word document
and "save" to my home dir.

Excel and Power Point are worse. I can init these two apps but in the case of Excel it
comes up and immediately disappears. PP comes up but as soon as I try to start using
the app it also simply disappears.

I tried to check the wine config file but really do not know what I am looking at.
At least there was nothing that looked wrong that was obvious to me.

I would like to get WINE working with a few apps (at least MS Office) so I can s***can Windows totally and be at least MS OS free.

Last edited by dtconnor; 02-11-2004 at 04:37 PM.
Old 02-11-2004, 04:41 PM   #2
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Hi dtconnor!!!

Welcome to That's a very common problem running Office with wine (first, congratulations in getting wine to actually run Office, I could not...). To make it save docs, you've to make sure that you have native version of ole32.dll at wine/system directory. Then add those lines to wine.cfg:

"ole32" = "native"

For more informations about getting windows programs to run under wine, check out Franks Corner:

The best way of getting rid of M$ Windoze is not using Windows programs though, unless really, really necessary. Linux, as for being OpenSource, has a plenty of native alternatives for the majority (for an ordinary user, I'd say for ALL) windows applications available, but free and open source. I'd recommend OpenOffice:

If you are unsure about which Windows program has an equivalent for Linux, there's a cute list in here:

I hope it helps.


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