Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: MS office - wine or vbox?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    MS office - wine or vbox?

    I've succesfully installed MSOffice 2007 in wine to try it out (the needed components are only Powerpoint, Word and Excel). so far the only thing that i noticed is the occasional crash if i work with smart art (though wine page says it doesn't work it is not explain what does not work in smart art).

    i've noticed some people having problems. either on wine upgrades/updates or similar. and then being advised to dual boot or use windows.

    but what about using office in virtual box (winXP+ms office 2007)? would it take too much resources? how fast does it all run on modern maschines (specifically i3 1.8Ghz or A4 2,5Ghz CPU with 4 GB ram). My only brush with vbox is on my signle core maschine with 2GB ram running winxp with Xubuntu as guest. and it is not that fast once i open a few programmes. and the E-450 can also run some light OS (e.g. Lubutnu) in vbox reasonably well i've found.


    which option is better for casual computer user? wine or open office? dualboot is too tedious just to use the office. and i don't want to explain the magic behind how it all works too much.

    ---
    Libre office is not really an option in this case (compatibility etc.). Though i might still convince them to use it later on.
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    U.K.
    Beans
    826
    Distro
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: MS office - wine or vbox?

    the needed components are only Powerpoint, Word and Excel

    Libre office is not really an option in this case (compatibility etc.).
    Are you sure that this is a real obstacle?

    e.g. have you tried installing AbiWord and convert Microsoft file formats for use in Libre Office?

    AbiWord has a useful CLI which allows batch processing of legacy Microsoft files.

    But it may be that you have some complex features in your documents which rule out this option..

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: MS office - wine or vbox?

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly41 View Post
    Are you sure that this is a real obstacle?

    e.g. have you tried installing AbiWord and convert Microsoft file formats for use in Libre Office?

    AbiWord has a useful CLI which allows batch processing of legacy Microsoft files.

    But it may be that you have some complex features in your documents which rule out this option..

    the person that will be using the maschine will not be interested into doing things like conversions, checking if it all works etc. i do not know what kind of features they have in their documents. but to be sure it is better that they use same programmes as they will use to create the documents. so for the moment i am not interested in alternatives (in this case) but only what is best way to run this MS office inside Linux. if it's too much trouble then it's better to just buy a windows preloaded mashcine and be done with it (at the moment i am thinking about Linux preloaded maschine as they cost about 100 EUR less than the ones with Windows).

    i do intend to introduce them to Libre office. in my opinion it would be good enough for them, however like i said i can not be 100 % sure (especially with word and excel files). but i am sure MS office will work.

    i've also tried a test document created to test office compatibility and it doesn't have to be a special feature and Libre office won't do it right (e.g. in writer a table or a drawn rectangle). with that test the LO got about 85% of things correctly.

    it seems other programmes are fine since i already steered them towards opensource programmes, so they are used to Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC...
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    Beans
    1,780
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: MS office - wine or vbox?

    I'm using LibreOffice 4.0. .doc & .docx files seem to open pretty well. I usually save as .doc rather than .docx though the few experiments I've performed saving as .docx opened pretty well in MSO 2007 or using the file viewer. There are a few other office options in addition to Libre Office. Some people say Open Office does a better job than LibreOffice with MSO files. There's also a China-based office suite ( I don't recall the name right now) that is supposed to have good MSO file compatibility. There's also Softmaker Office that has a 30 day trial. If that works well, you can sign up for their Email promotions, they have sales & once you download the trial you qualify for the upgrade price.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Beans
    800
    Distro
    Xubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: MS office - wine or vbox?

    I have both MSO 2007 in Wine (PlayOnLinux) and VBox+WinXP. I can say that working with Wine+Word in Xubuntu feels of course more natural to a user than opening a VM, then a document in a shared folder.
    However, I did experience crashes and some formatting and display inconsistencies in Wine+Word. I would recommend it only as a quick previewing tool, and work on long and important documents in VBox.

    Cheers!
    husband@wife$ make sandwich
    Permission denied
    husband@wife$ sudo make sandwich

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    100acrewood
    Beans
    7,467
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: MS office - wine or vbox?

    I have used MS Office 2010 with Wine for a while and it does work for me. PowerPoint isn't as reliable, but Excel & Word are both pretty stable and the UI responds well. I personally recommend using Wine if you do not need PowerPoint as much. But of course that's a matter of taste after all.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: MS office - wine or vbox?

    Quote Originally Posted by wieman01 View Post
    I have used MS Office 2010 with Wine for a while and it does work for me. PowerPoint isn't as reliable, but Excel & Word are both pretty stable and the UI responds well. I personally recommend using Wine if you do not need PowerPoint as much. But of course that's a matter of taste after all.
    Quote Originally Posted by LewisTM View Post
    I have both MSO 2007 in Wine (PlayOnLinux) and VBox+WinXP. I can say that working with Wine+Word in Xubuntu feels of course more natural to a user than opening a VM, then a document in a shared folder.
    However, I did experience crashes and some formatting and display inconsistencies in Wine+Word. I would recommend it only as a quick previewing tool, and work on long and important documents in VBox.
    Cheers!
    Thanks. that's the kind of info i was looking for. i will see how to proceed. you experience is similar to mine. a couple of crashes (powerpoint), but Excel and word worked preety much ok.

    Quote Originally Posted by kurt18947 View Post
    I'm using LibreOffice 4.0. .doc & .docx files seem to open pretty well. I usually save as .doc rather than .docx though the few experiments I've performed saving as .docx opened pretty well in MSO 2007 or using the file viewer. There are a few other office options in addition to Libre Office. Some people say Open Office does a better job than LibreOffice with MSO files. There's also a China-based office suite ( I don't recall the name right now) that is supposed to have good MSO file compatibility. There's also Softmaker Office that has a 30 day trial. If that works well, you can sign up for their Email promotions, they have sales & once you download the trial you qualify for the upgrade price.
    you mean Kingsoft office or somehting like that in Ubuntu Kylin or whatever it is with MSO like interface...i might give it a try on that test file.

    i am aware of the alternatives (installed and online) but i am also not interested in them (unless they have 100% compatibility and look the same). i know how to do changes etc and i am prepared to learn which is why i use libre office. but the person i would install it for has no interest in that.

    just to add i remembered i have latest LO as portable LO and the test on the word sample file was ok on this version. hmm... i am still not sure about excel.

    i will try to see what kind of files they are working with actually (how complex they really are).
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •