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    Installing MS Access in wine

    Hi,

    before I throw myself into the huge adventure of installing wine and than install something else through wine, I'll knock on the door of those, who might have done it all before.

    Now - here's the plan:

    I have a somewhat dusty, but still functional MS Office 2000 installation set. Since I'm struggling to read or work with excisting mdb files (and there is no way I sit for weeks to start at 0 again) and in my desire to find out, to what extend I'll be able to migrate to Ubuntu, I have the following question:

    Has somebody successfully installed Access (or any other MS Office aplication for that matter) through wine?

    If yes, a description of the process for a keen but wet Ubuntu greenhorn will be highly appreciated.

    Thank you and greetings

    longtom

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    Re: Installing MS Access in wine

    Here's the Wine AppDB page for Access

    http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...ication&iId=12

    It would be my assumption that Access (or any MS Office product) will NOT work, because MS Office is so integrated with the Windows platform and makes so many system calls that Wine simply can't emulate. That said, have you tried OpenOffice Base? I have not used either Access or OO Base enough to recommend either over the other, but Base might be enough for you to at least get work done.
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    Re: Installing MS Access in wine

    before I throw myself into the huge adventure of installing wine and than install something else through wine, I'll knock on the door of those, who might have done it all before.
    Oh - and installing Wine is VERY easy. The best way to do it is here:

    http://www.winehq.org/download/deb

    Have fun
    yeats - Ubuntu 13.04

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    Re: Installing MS Access in wine

    Hi chris

    yes, I considered the other programs you are mentioning. None of them can do anything meaningful with an MS Access file, neither read, convert or anything else in that direction.

    What you said about the MS Office applications doesn't fill me with a great amount of hope. But I'll have a go anyway.

    If that doesn't work I guess I'm doublebooting forever....

    greetings

    lt

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    Re: Installing MS Access in wine

    Praytell, what success or lack thereof have you had with Access under Wine?
    Appreciated.

    Jon

    Quote Originally Posted by longtom View Post
    Hi chris

    yes, I considered the other programs you are mentioning. None of them can do anything meaningful with an MS Access file, neither read, convert or anything else in that direction.

    What you said about the MS Office applications doesn't fill me with a great amount of hope. But I'll have a go anyway.

    If that doesn't work I guess I'm doublebooting forever....

    greetings

    lt
    Jon Loveless
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    Re: Installing MS Access in wine

    Yes it is possible to run MS access 2000 with wine, but it is not very easy.

    I am not a smart geek and gave up after a couple of hours and bought a license of crossover-office. It is based on wine and basically a front end of wine that handles difficult tricks that wine need to get some windows applications running. It is not very expensive and they gave me very good support, when i ran into trouble with a pretty advanced database file in MS Access 2000.

    more info here:

    http://www.codeweavers.com/

    Installing access with crossover office made it possible for a small shop where I work as a volunteer to migrate to ubuntu. Access 2000 is used on a daily basis for over a year. If it is the last thing standing in the way of migrating to ubuntu, it is money well spent...

    Openoffice base is an interesting project, but feature wise it is not even a bad look alike of MS Access.

    I remember it has some very limited support of reading MS Access files. The only way i know was to export access files and import them in openoffice base.

    I renember Kexi has some further MS access support. http://www.kexi-project.org/

    But if you want to work with your old database file in one hour crossoveroffice really is the way to go.
    Last edited by joris1977; August 7th, 2009 at 11:58 PM.

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    Re: Installing MS Access in wine

    I found that Word 97 and Excel 97 worked much better under Crossover than Wine but I didn't play with Access. The Crossover web site indicates that Access should work. Unfortunately, my copy of Crossover is a couple of versions back and won't even install Office 97 in Ubuntu 9.04 although it worked quite well with Ubuntu 7.10. I haven't been willing to pay the price for an updated version of Crossover yet.

    Jerry

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    Re: Installing MS Access in wine

    Quote Originally Posted by jloveless View Post
    Praytell, what success or lack thereof have you had with Access under Wine?
    Appreciated.

    Jon
    As anticipated I didn't succeed in installing MS Access under wine. I therefore installed my WinXP copy as a virtual system with VirtualBox and installed Access there.

    This worked as a work arround.

    @joris1977

    Thank you for that tip. It is certainly high up on the list of considerations. Just making overseas calls for support, which appears to be needed, sounds a bit....a well, if you are really desperate I guess anything goes.
    Regards

    longtom

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