What choice do I have?
All I want is to migrate from Windows to Linux, but as an advanced MS Office user, I'm struggling to make that change.
Is there any way to use MS Office on linux? I was thinking about using a virtual machine, but I don't know if it's practical for daily use.
I'm just like you, id3a. Just last month, I put MS Office Professional 2003 on Mint 17 and PCLinuxOS, but with WINE, not vm. That link has another link in it, from howtogeek that I actually used to install it in Linux. So it's generic. The catch is, it depends on what verion of MS Office you use. If 2007, or 2003, it might work. The howtogeek example is 2007, 2003 is what I installed. It might work with 2010, as NickAu posited.
It's fairly simple. Genuine installation from the CDs, works just as it does in Windows, but the Wine thingy 'translates' the process so Linux can use it. Won't be always foolproof, but seems fine for heavy wordprocessing and spreadsheets so far. The key is the directory setup, so KEEP the default directories offered in the installation. Don't make special names.
And, using an old Win95 program called 'Plus!', I changed the default wine-Windows gray color and sickly font to something nice.
I have WordPerfect 8 for Linux (native to Linux, not a Windows version).. but cannot get it to install, so if you were looking for the closest thing to MS Office, that's it. The Linux knock-offs are very different and can't translate Word files or Excel spreadsheets very well (unless very very simple).
See if those step-by-step instructions work for you. Yell at me if they don't?
Edited by brainout, 17 July 2015 - 08:51 AM.