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MS Office Available On Linux Without An Emulator

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11:01 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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CrossOver Office 1.0 worked almost flawlessly in Wired News' tests. Office 98 and 2000 programs installed easily and ran smoothly over Red Hat 7.2 and Mandrake 8.2 Linux OS distributions on five Dell and Compaq PCs.

In general, running CrossOver Office was so similar to using Office on a standard Windows system that it was sometimes difficult to remember the PC was actually running Linux

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This is huge!

If they keep progressing at this rate I'm going to run out of excuses of why I can't use linux and be forced to get rid of winders... :)

11:09 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I've read very good things about the crossover plugin.

You also could install OpenOffice which is an excellent MS compatible alternative.

11:33 pm on Mar 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The article kind of claims it isn't, but it really sounds like a specialized version of WINE, which would also make a lot of sense.

A very interesting development in any case.

12:44 am on Mar 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

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This is Huge!

This last week I have read so many articles about new Office platforms but to run MS Office just like any other program can open lots of doors for the Linux desktop.

I can't remember where I read that M$ was developing windows to be fileless. Everything would be in a windows data base making it near impossible to port to other operating systems.

Anyone else see that and did I understand it correctly ?

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Don't forget you can get Internet Explorer, Word and Excel to run under WINE. Not terribly stable though...

But...why not use Open Office, Star Office, the Gnumeric etc. (But if someone wants to spend cash...)

seth_wilde : If they keep progressing at this rate I'm going to run out of excuses of why I can't use linux and be forced to get rid of winders...

If you use Linux then you get more done, and that can show others up...

 

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