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    Re: Why Doesn't Mac Microsoft office work on ubuntu?

    Microsoft has not given up on Windows Mobile (or whatever it is they're calling it these days) and there's no way they're going to dilute interest in it by making their crown jewels available for a competitor.

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    Re: Why Doesn't Mac Microsoft office work on ubuntu?

    I guess it has already been answered, but Mac OS X isn't anything at all like Linux. Not even the kernel is like Linux; it's BSD. You can't even run BSD apps in Linux. But like others have said, the BSD based kernel is only a very small layer of Mac OS X, and it's mainly all the other stuff that makes it incompatible.

    On that subject, have you ever noticed that Android actually does use the Linux kernel, and you can't run Android apps in a Linux distribution? That's because everything on top of the kernel is completely different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    Simple answer because Microsoft doesn't want it too.
    simple answer- ********.
    there is far too many differences between unices and unix-like operating systems to make it possible without major code rewriting and breaking a lot of things that already work.
    and nobody would do that for such small user base.
    and no, linux does not pose a danger for windows (on desktop)- MacOSX does. despite being years younger, it already has many time more users (not to mention about iOS, used only in products of one producer- Apple).

    and to OP- ubuntu (and linux in general) isn't unix, its just a unix-like operating system. MacOSX is a proper unix.

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I guess it has already been answered, but Mac OS X isn't anything at all like Linux. Not even the kernel is like Linux; it's BSD.
    no, it's not. quite a lot of *bsd userspace is used in Darwin (the open-source part of MacOSX), but not the kernel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by szymon_g View Post
    simple answer- ********.
    there is far too many differences between unices and unix-like operating systems to make it possible without major code rewriting and breaking a lot of things that already work.
    and nobody would do that for such small user base.
    and no, linux does not pose a danger for windows (on desktop)- MacOSX does. despite being years younger, it already has many time more users (not to mention about iOS, used only in products of one producer- Apple).

    and to OP- ubuntu (and linux in general) isn't unix, its just a unix-like operating system. MacOSX is a proper unix.



    no, it's not. quite a lot of *bsd userspace is used in Darwin (the open-source part of MacOSX), but not the kernel.
    true because microsoft intended it to work on osx and wasn't thinking about a linux version at all. Otherwise they would have developed a linux version
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    Re: Why Doesn't Mac Microsoft office work on ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by john1923 View Post
    Both OSX and Ubuntu are *NIX systems. Normally (in my limited experience) if a program works on one *NIX system, then it can be made to work on ubuntu.

    Is Microsoft making it difficult on purpose?
    why would you want it to?

    On Ubuntu your basic package is:

    • Browser: Firefox
    • eMail and Calendar: Thunderbird
    • write/spreadsheet/powerpoint: Libreoffice

    as soon as you go past this point you are into personal selections,-- music, photos, algebra(yeeech)


    If the Office Policy calls for MSFT/Office it probably calls for Windows as well and you will have to submit a Statement of Need to get a personal preference app installed.


    One should note that the MSFT/Office formats..... are now ISO standards. Which means any base system -- MSFT, AAPL, Linux -- are all working wit the same format for office documents: .ODT, ,ODS, .eml, etc

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    Re: Why Doesn't Mac Microsoft office work on ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    true because microsoft intended it to work on osx and wasn't thinking about a linux version at all. Otherwise they would have developed a linux version

    the intended it to work because they had to to avoid some lawsuite they had with apple. as part of settlement they make office for MacOS, not sure what Apple did in return.
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    Re: Why Doesn't Mac Microsoft office work on ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I guess it has already been answered, but Mac OS X isn't anything at all like Linux. Not even the kernel is like Linux; it's BSD. You can't even run BSD apps in Linux. But like others have said, the BSD based kernel is only a very small layer of Mac OS X, and it's mainly all the other stuff that makes it incompatible.

    On that subject, have you ever noticed that Android actually does use the Linux kernel, and you can't run Android apps in a Linux distribution? That's because everything on top of the kernel is completely different.
    Bingo, Android/Linux is a completely different animal to GNU/Linux.
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    Re: Why Doesn't Mac Microsoft office work on ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by szymon_g View Post
    no, it's not. quite a lot of *bsd userspace is used in Darwin (the open-source part of MacOSX), but not the kernel.
    Interesting. I didn't realize that MacOS X uses the XNU kernel, and not the BSD kernel. For XNU, they just took the Mach kernel and incorporated parts of the BSD kernel into it. So that just goes to reinforce my point that MacOS is even less like Linux than I thought.

    It's also worth noting that Linux is not a Unix clone, but that it was inspired by Minix. Linux is not even completely POSIX compliant.
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    Re: Why Doesn't Mac Microsoft office work on ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    It's also worth noting that Linux is not a Unix clone, but that it was inspired by Minix. Linux is not even completely POSIX compliant.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POSIX#M...OSIX-compliant

    OS X is fully posix compliant. Linux & BSD not so much and I suspect linux to be less than BSD but at the same time I also suspect it's a certification thing where those with the money to certify trumps all.

    Thing with compliance is you have to pay money for a compliance certificate and you have to do it for every single release you put out there so for open source stuff where money is tight it does not make a whole lot of sense to go down the compliance/certification road.

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