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How To: Installing Office 2007 on Ubuntu 9.10

Hi, all. I came across a lot of trouble when I tried installing Office 2007 on Ubuntu 9.10. Trust me, its not that easy as on Ubuntu 9.04. After a lot of “googling” I found some links and methods and tried ‘em all. Eventually, it worked. Yipee!!.

So, now I will share the same steps I followed that will ensure you can install Office 2007 on Ubuntu 9.10. Please do share your experience with me.

How To Install

First of all, you have to install a version of wine after v1.1.10 as older Wine releases will not work.

Step 1. Installing Wine:

wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/…t.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude install wine

A .deb package can also be downloaded from http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/  please keep in mind that Ubuntu versions older than Hardy are no longer being updated.

Step 2. Download Winetricks

wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks

Step 3. Install Cabextract to run the Winetricks smoothly

sudo aptitude install cabextract

Step 4. Run Winetricks

sh winetricks

In the Winetricks window, install each of the following *individually*, which means check & install one, then re-run Winetricks and do the next:

  • dotnet11
  • gdiplus
  • vb3run
  • vb4run
  • vb5run
  • vb6run
  • msxml3
  • msxml4
  • msxml6
  • riched20
  • riched30
  • vcrun6
  • Also, install dotnet20, dotnet30 and dotnet35 which can be download from Microsoft website and install using:
  • sh winetricks dotnet20

    Follow the same for dotnet30 and dotnet35.

    Step 5. Install MS Office 2007.

From your MS Office Installer CD or Directory, run:

wine setup.exe

Step 6. Run Office 2007 and enjoy

Additional

If you would like to install fonts available in Vista (especially Calibri) follow these steps

We have already installed cabextract from our previous steps, if not install cabextract by

sudo apt-get install cabextract

Then, once that is done, download this script or copy paste the script into a file and name it vista-fonts-installer.sh and store it in your home directory(~). Now convert the file into an executable by running

chmod a+x ~/vista-fonts-installer.sh

Then run the script using:

$ ~/vista-fonts-installer.sh

The script downloads the Powerpoint Viewer installer from microsoft.com, and then extracts the Vista cleartype fonts using cabextract. These fonts are then installed in the ~/.fonts directory. Why? Remember that the ClearType Vista fonts (Calibri, Trebuchet, etc) are not free as in they are not GPL-ed or made available under a re-distributable license. Since you are downloading the fonts from the MS website, and since you might already have a Windows XP/Vista license, this is not a crime, but consider yourself warned against the perils of supporting closed systems

Source [EmbraceUbuntu, Wine-Reviews]

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