Linux Journal: Running MS Office Under Linux with CodeWeaver's CrossOver Office
Sep 18, 2002, 13:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey McDonald)
" For many, making the move to Linux is an easy step. Based on
the facts that Linux is fast, stable and of course, free, it's not
difficult to see why so many folks are making the move away from
the world of Windows. As Linux desktop converts, we do need to
accept some limitations, at least in the office applications
category. While there are very good open-source office applications
and even full office suites, none of them are a complete
replacement for, or are fully compatible with, Microsoft's office
suite. So for Linux to continue to succeed on the desktop (or
laptop for that matter), a better solution to the office
application shortage needs to be resolved.
"I think most would agree that Microsoft Office is a good
product. With rich features, strong toolset and relative ease of
use, it has become the de facto office suite for many users and
corporations alike. With that in mind, wouldn't it be ideal if we
could run the MS Office suite on top of Linux? In this way, we
could keep our beloved office programs--and compatibility with most
of the world's business population--and work in a much more stable
environment under Linux.
"Now, how do we go about accomplishing this near-perfect balance
between compatible office suite functionality and OS stability?
Well, this article takes a look at one such product that does
exactly what it claims to do: runs Microsoft Office 97 and 2000 on
top of your Linux OS. And as an added bonus, run Outlook so that
many of us finally can access our corporate mail and calendars from
Exchange, while working from a Linux box..."