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    Can you get Miscrosoft Office for a Linux Netbook?

    Im getting a nearly new acer netbook, which has only been used for surfing the net, meaning that it has no word processing programme as it was not needed.

    Iv had a look on the net where i have read on some sites that you cannot have microsoft office on linux netbooks; and on other sites which say it is possible but you have to do some other stuff to allow it to work.

    So i know there are more people on here that would know more about this and who could tell me whether it would be difficult to do this.

    And i know ther are free alternatives, but i have used them in the past and not liked them, as well as having problems when saving documents, only to find that they do not open on university computers.

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    Original Poster

    StevenA2000_uk;7367531

    http://why.openoffice.org/why_free.html:)



    Iv used that in the past but like i said in original post i had problems. When i saved documents from my old laptop on open office, when i opened it up at uni (all microsoft office), the files would not open, or when they did they were always corrupt with wierd symbols.

    I cant afford for that to happen when im handing in an assignment etc, so thought it would be best spending some cash and getting microsoft word etc.

    Original Poster

    SUMMONER;7367536

    ]Running MS Office on Linux, using Wine.



    Thanks for that, REP added. Just read through people responses and many have had problems and it does sound a bit difficult. I might wait till a friend of mine visits in a month or two and get him to do it, as im worried ill mess things up.

    Use Open Office, it runs much faster on netbooks than MS Office imo.

    You can change the default file type in the options really easily
    mydigitallife.info/200…ts/

    s_paul;7367588

    Thanks for that, REP added. Just read through people responses and many … Thanks for that, REP added. Just read through people responses and many have had problems and it does sound a bit difficult. I might wait till a friend of mine visits in a month or two and get him to do it, as im worried ill mess things up.


    Install XP on it, it'll be easier in the long run.

    Like all the others above i'd also recommend openoffice, but if you have to use MS office get ]crossover linux. It's supports all versions of MS office right upto 2007 and is pretty stable!

    s_paul;7367570

    Iv used that in the past but like i said in original post i had problems. … Iv used that in the past but like i said in original post i had problems. When i saved documents from my old laptop on open office, when i opened it up at uni (all microsoft office), the files would not open, or when they did they were always corrupt with wierd symbols.I cant afford for that to happen when im handing in an assignment etc, so thought it would be best spending some cash and getting microsoft word etc.


    Always save word-processing documents as .RTF files, never as .DOC

    Give Open Office another try, until your friend comes by. I bet by the time he comes over you will not be bothered about having MS Office anymore.

    Original Poster

    leecher;7367609

    Use Open Office, it runs much faster on netbooks than MS Office imo.You … Use Open Office, it runs much faster on netbooks than MS Office imo.You can change the default file type in the options really easily http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/01/25/configure-change-or-set-openofficeorg-to-default-save-files-in-microsoft-office-formats/



    Thanks for that, ill use that method in the mean time and see how i get on. If i do have any problems then when my friend comes over, he can put xp on it or microsoft office.

    t0mm;7367620

    Install XP on it, it'll be easier in the long run.


    Wouldnt that be expensive?

    I'll see how i get on with the free software, but if i dont like it i may think about this.

    Thanks for all help guys.

    Original Poster

    SUMMONER;7367725

    Microsoft Ultimate Steal Offer...[SIZE=4]]MS Office Ultimate 2007 £40 + a … Microsoft Ultimate Steal Offer...[SIZE=4]]MS Office Ultimate 2007 £40 + a little extra for CD media and postageMS Windows 7 Home Premium £30 + a little extra for CD media and postage [/SIZE]



    Bought that for my last laptop - using my current laptop. so dont know if i can use my email again.

    s_paul;7367749

    Bought that for my last laptop - using my current laptop. so dont know if … Bought that for my last laptop - using my current laptop. so dont know if i can use my email again.


    ]In that case have a look here instead.
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