Can I use Microsoft Word on Linux?

Asked by Randymanme on 2009-07-05

I'm presently taking a course, Introduction to Word Processing, which uses Microsoft Word. Is it practical for me to use Microsoft Word on Linux? I'm to try to included course materials information. Introduction to Word Processing — UVC1021

Information for Summer 2009 Quarter

Title: New Perspectives on Microsoft Office Word 2007, Comprehensive
Author: S. Scott Zimmerman, Beverly B. Zimmerman, Ann Shaffer, Katherine T. Pinard
Edition / Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Course Technology (Cengage)
ISBN: 1423905822
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4239-0582-0
eBook URL: Click here to purchase the ebook

Computer: PC: As a general guideline, students should not have computer specifications less than a Pentium III CPU, Windows XP with Service Pack 2, 1 GB of RAM, and 2.5 GB of free hard disk space.
MAC: As a general guideline, students should not have computer specifications less than a MAC G4 processor, MAC OS X 10.4, and 1 GB of RAM.
Software: Windows Media Player, Adobe Flash Viewer 8.0 or higher, Microsoft Office Professional (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook), Norton Antivirus, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Apple Quicktime 6
Peripherals: N/A 0
Browser: Windows Users: Courses are best viewed using Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or Mozilla Firefox 3.0.
Mac Users: Courses are best viewed using Safari 3.0 or Mozilla Firefox 3.0.
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Randymanme (randall43215) said : #1

Info is above

Best Marco Martinez (belleg) said : #2

Yes you can, need install program wine. Also can pay for one program (Crossover) based in wine.
Sorry for my poor english.

Regards

Randymanme (randall43215) said : #3

I haven't been able to install Wine, yet; I don't know how. The directions given at WineHQ are confusing to me. I suppose I'll luck up and accidently figure it out eventually -- unless someone gives me step by step directions. Simply giving me commands doesn't work for me because I don't know how access terminal boxes, etc..

Your English is fine.

era (era) said : #4

You should be able to find Wine in System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. It's just a matter of a few clicks to install it.

Getting Word and Office in there might be more of a challenge, in that these packages are commercial software which will cost you money to obtain (unless you go down the murky path of using pirated software).

Depending on the depth and objectives of the course, you might also want to investigate whether it would be feasible to use the Open Office word processor instead. It is different from Word in many details, so it might be more trouble than it's worth.