Re: wordperfect 5.1 for unix, and debian?
On 16/12/14 10:44 PM, Karen Lewellen wrote:
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.