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Re: wordperfect 5.1 for unix, and debian?

On 16/12/14 10:44 PM, Karen Lewellen wrote:
Greetings everyone,
I have a still in the package copy of wordperfect 5.1 for UNIX. I got this because wordperfect is my main word processor on my primary computer and I would welcome, if at all possible, to use it with Linux as well. Is there any reason why the program cannot be installed on a machine running Debian squeeze? My interest is in logistics, as I realize the software may be better suited for networks, not individual computers.

LibreOffice reads WP documents quite well in my experience. However if you want a version running in Linux, just set up a virtual machine and run your primary computer's copy.

Wine and its derivatives can generally handle Windows programs but virtual machines provide a pretty good alternative when you want the program to work like it does on Windows. I use KVM myself and find it great for most purposes but when a friend needed something to run AutoCAD, it required Vmware. I think VirtualBox has caught up a bit since then in the area of graphics processors.

Way back, I actually used Corel's Linux with WP and found it better than the alternatives at the time. However things have progressed rapidly since then and my advice is to make the switch to LibreOffice. It's cross-platform, current, maintained and uses the ISO standard data formats so you won't be stuck in the future.

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