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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)


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" 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..."

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