Hello! Yeah, Ubuntu is awesome, but… many people still does not leave Windows by the apps that are very good. The Office package by Microsoft, let’s be honest, is one of the few good things that Microsoft has produced… hehe. I do plenty of academic papers and other documents, so I’m conscious that Microsoft Office has much more (or “easier”) tools for edition than LibreOffice (OpenOffice). However, do I have to use Windows for it?… 😦 Thanks to PlayOnLinux and to Wine, I don’t!! 🙂 So, let’s go!
PlayOnLinux is an app that makes easier the installation and use of software that were made for Windows in Linux. Wine is a layer of compatibility that allows us to execute Windows apps on Linux: it’s not an emulator because it does not simulate the Windows internal logic, but translates API calls from Windows, what make it very efficient. PlayOnLinux uses Wine, of course, but POL simplifies the installation: for example, in order to install MS Office there are a couple Fonts needed and a dll file, which POL does automatically.
Let’s see. First, you ought to install wine and playonlinux, pretty easy, through command line:
$ sudo apt-get install wine playonlinux
If your machine and your system are both 64 bits, as my case, you’re gonna have to install wine 32 bits:
$ sudo apt-get install wine:i386
Be aware that you’ll need, obviously, have the installation files for MS Office (I used a torrent to download it) 32 bits, since the 64 bits will not run with wine. After that, you must execute playonlinux (it should be on the Games menu, or you can execute it from the terminal):
It will display PlayOnLinux window, see that I’ve already Office apps installed:
Then, you have to click over “+ Install a Program”, and the rest is intuitive: go to “Office” -> “Microsoft Office 2010”, e “Install” and it shall be all right!
Then you just follow the “Windows protocol” for installation: next, next, next... hehe. When you do start Office, it’s interesting to choose the option to Do not make changes (or something like it) (on the updates question). If it all follows through, you’ll have MS Office perfetcly running inside your Ubuntu Linux (in my case, even faster than original Windows installed on my laptop):
PlayOnLinux will create shortcuts at your Desktop and at the Office menu, but that may fail (the menu creation, I have no idea why this happen). But just in case you wanna create them (the sortcuts) elsewhere, it’s good to knoe that que icons are at the “~/.PlayOnLinux/icones/fullsize/” directory – in order to use the icons, you have to add the PNG extension to the files – and the command lines to execute the apps will be like this (be careful with upper and lower case, like OneNote and Powerpoint):
$ /usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux –run “Microsoft Excel 2010” %F
$ /usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux –run “Microsoft OneNote 2010” %F
$ /usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux –run “Microsoft Outlook 2010” %F
$ /usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux –run “Microsoft Powerpoint 2010” %F
$ /usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux –run “Microsoft Word 2010” %F
That’s it! I hope it’s inteligible, and the community don’t hate me too much.. haha. But there it is, hope it can be useful. Bye! 🙂