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Experiences using wine/Office2010 on Mint 17?

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:51 am
by yatesco
Hi all, I installed Office 2007 on PlayOnLinux on LMDE2014 and whilst it worked it was less than ideal - fonts were butt ugly, file associations didn't work. Word would freeze and I couldn't get it activated.

Before I repeat the process with Office 2010 on Mint 17 I thought I would ask, for those who have (or know people who have), what is the smoothest and most reliable way to install and integrate Office 2010 into the desktop environment?

This isn't a must have to be honest as I have a Windows/Office Virtualbox VM and I mount my ~ as a shared folder, so with some clever use of favourites/public library shortcuts it is bearable.

Any and all experience/wisdom welcome!

Re: Experiences using wine/Office2010 on Mint 17?

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:29 am
by ktheking
Forget about it. Doesn't work as it should.
Even the guys at codeweavers with their crossover product can't manage to pull it off.
Try instead Kingsoft and LibreOffice.
For the Outlook replacement try Thunderbird with the lightning addon.

K.

Re: Experiences using wine/Office2010 on Mint 17?

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:36 am
by yatesco
Thanks K. Unfortunately neither Open|LibreOffice can handle our corporate word template so I need Office. Virtualbox it (still) is then.
ktheking wrote:Forget about it. Doesn't work as it should.
Even the guys at codeweavers with their crossover product can't manage to pull it off.
Try instead Kingsoft and LibreOffice.
For the Outlook replacement try Thunderbird with the lightning addon.

K.

Re: Experiences using wine/Office2010 on Mint 17?

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:03 am
by Riko
Hi,

I'm running Linux in an all windows / Office environment since years using Codeweavers CXoffice to run MS Office products for compatibility reasons with my colleagues. First I used Office 2003 then 2007 and I'm now on Office 2010. As long as we are talking Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook even Project, CX does the job for me (including the points you mentioned in your first post). Of course your mileage may vary depending on your specific environment.

Codeweavers was a free trial version. I'd suggest giving it a spin and see if it does the job for you. A bit more convenient than having a VM in the background.

Cheers!

Re: Experiences using wine/Office2010 on Mint 17?

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:37 am
by yatesco
Hi Riko,

Thanks for the info. I have just downloaded their trial and installed Office - all pretty seamless and very impressed. File associations are automatically taken care off, fonts are fine. Haven't activated it yet or installed any service packs, but yeah, this might be the solution I was looking for.

Thanks!
Riko wrote:Hi,

I'm running Linux in an all windows / Office environment since years using Codeweavers CXoffice to run MS Office products for compatibility reasons with my colleagues. First I used Office 2003 then 2007 and I'm now on Office 2010. As long as we are talking Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook even Project, CX does the job for me (including the points you mentioned in your first post). Of course your mileage may vary depending on your specific environment.

Codeweavers was a free trial version. I'd suggest giving it a spin and see if it does the job for you. A bit more convenient than having a VM in the background.

Cheers!

Re: Experiences using wine/Office2010 on Mint 17?

Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:20 am
by Riko
Hi again,

be aware that not all SP are supported yet with CX. Best is to install via the CX "Install Software" dialog. I have SP1 installed which is support, SP2 seems not to be. If you want to activate MSO via a KMS server, there are special intructions available how to do that:

http://www.codeweavers.com/compatibilit ... =1#tip5120

As I said, I run it without glitches since years starting with CX8 (I believe).

Good luck!