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Re: [opensuse] Commercial office suites for Linux?
  • From: Mark Misulich <munguanaweza@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2012 08:05:56 -0500
  • Message-id: <1330952756.4717.19.camel@linux-duc8>
On Sat, 2012-03-03 at 23:38 -0800, Roger Luedecke wrote:
Frankly, I keep running into too many anomalies in LibreOffice vs. MS
Office. Though I could run Office through Wine, I would rather have a
native solution. I googled it to death, and couldn't seem to find

I make up a monthly newsletter for a non-profit group to which I belong.
I have tried for several years to convert to some software which I could
run on linux, in favor of using WinSomething and MSOfficeSuite. I have
tried to use each of the various Office Suites available for linux, and
they all seem to come up short. Softmaker Office seems to be the best I
have used, but even it comes up short when I start to make up the cover
page graphics. I have posted bugs on the LO/OOo problems that still
aren't fixed after a couple of years of waiting.

I do have Office 2000 installed with Wine, but it is a little flaky and
just isn't reliable enough for me. I have tried crossover office in the
past and it wasn't much better than Wine. Maybe it has improved by now.
Adobe Acrobat 6 installed in Wine in the past, but it won't install now
with the present Wine. So I can't use the Wine installed programs to
make up the newsletter in MSOffice then convert it to pdf for emailing.

My best solution so far has been to install WinXx in VirtualBox, with
guest extensions so that I can use it full-screen. I use Office2000 and
Adobe 6 in that virtual machine without a hitch. Not exactly Linux, but
at least I am not selecting Windxxx in the Grub list of operating
systems. The WinXx disc I have wouldn't install in my computer after I
have upgraded the motherboard and cpu for the second or third time
anyways even after slipstreaming new drivers. Besides, WinXx and the
Office2000/Acrobat 6 is getting to be pretty old software. They do
install in VirtualBox without a hitch, and run fine.

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