Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Running Office 2007 in Ubuntu

MS Office 2007 is the best in the world, and nobody (even openoffice) has come close to functionality of it. Now it looks like we can run it in Ubuntu without issue, thanks to the directions found here: http://www.programmerfish.com/roffice-2007-in-linux

Quick breakdown of steps:
1. From a command prompt, run the following commands:
wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/intrepid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine cabextract
wine --version
wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks
chmod +x ./winetricks
./winetricks gdiplus riched20 riched30 msxml3 msxml4 msxml6 corefonts tahoma vb6run vcrun6 msi2

2. Insert the Office CD, or download the installer from http://www.programmerfish.com/free-direct-download-microsoft-office-2007
run:
wine pathToCD/setup.exe

3. Profit!

Your mileage may vary on this depending on the versions of software installed. I ran this process on a couple different systems and had different results each time. Hopefully this will become more stable as teh builds continue

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