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Seems interesting, but for me, I already use openoffice for my windows desktop / so if I do switch at some point to *nix on my desktop, I don't think I'll then switch to MS Office. Still, it's nice to know that you can get Photoshop on a *nix box now.
It runs, and it performs most things as on windows, but it does seem a bit slower and apparently there are some features that don't work as in windows. But it's usable. Photoshop i mean... haven't tried anything else.
I'm almost to the point of moving to linux completely apart from the fact that I am a total newbie (so the fact that i got photoshop running says something about how good cross over office is) so I'm keeping windows while I learn linux. Not sure how long that will be though :)
I am running SuSE 8.2 Pro and have the latest version of CrossOverOffice installed on my machine. My machine is a 2.4GHz, 512M,duel 21" LCD monitors. Here is what I know works at this point.
IE (but be careful about JAVA, etc. I have mixed issues there)
MS Word and Powerpoint
Macromedia Dreamweaver Mx Do not attempt to load Mx 04 will give error message about the OS
and an older copy of Photoshop (v5.5).
I am a web developer and use Dreamweaver all day long. It works under the "LATEST" version, previous ones had a tendency to hang...
What's the point of using this instead of Wine?
Wine is #$%#%@% unstable half of the time, and unusable a quarter of the time. And it's not very nice to configure for new users.
CrossOver Office is a nice alternative, and seems to be relatively stable for the things most users would want to do. I'd recommend it if you're not feeling up to making the leap to OpenOffice. That said, OpenOffice is nice. The only major feature I find it lacking that I absolutely need is a "Text to Column" feature like that found in Excel. But gnumeric has that.
There is an occasional problem on one of the computers that has Nvidia graphics. When a word document is scrolled off the monitor the display content sometimes gets corrupted; this doesn't happen on the other box.
BTW my understanding is that Crossover is built on Wine, same as IBMs Homepage Builder.