Re: KVM Upgrade, Killed Microsoft Office
To answer some of your questions:
Your access to MS Office was cut off because I would not expect any different from Microsoft, who would not let you run the software you purchased the way you want; and, to name the guy you want, try Steve Ballmer?
I have absolutely no idea why this happened due to a software upgrade, since kvm is supposed to emulate your hardware originally anyway - provided virtualization support is enabled in the bios. However, instead of imploring you to not use office and switch to openoffice, or even to try installing office under Wine, I would implore you instead to install a dual boot with Winblows - and avoid future grief. You need not wipe Ubuntu to do this - just create a new 20G partition and install XP on there, and then you can reinstall your grub through the liveCD, which is easier than it may be expected to be. Otherwise, if the monarchical winblows, whose time is long past and which should retire already instead of hindering all progress, does not get a space truly of its own, would usually end up giving you pangs of pain from time to time.
I would myself never again install Winblows, but, I myself faced a similar requirement for MS Office on my fiancée's laptop - on which Lucid was running peacefully, and I tried and tried and tried - with first a VM, which was horribly slow as it is a netbook, and then with Wine, where Powerpoint would not run because it says it was not installed for the current user, so that I had to finally resort to put Winblows there.
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