jahnke at fmjassoc.com
Fri Aug 26 21:14:44 GMT 2005
Wine is a difficult program to use, particularly on FreeBSD.
Please note first that it is in the FreeBSD ports collection
(/usr/ports/emulators/wine), and not of the CD. That version should be
20050725. You should patch it according to
; that will get rid of a heap error you will otherwise get.
So far colleagues and I have a few successes. Photoshop 7 runs very
well, as does Acrobat 4.0 (note: not the Reader, but Acrobat), but not
the distiller. I almost have Excel and Word from Office 2000 working,
but there are a few major bugs, like the ability to save a file (!).
Excel in particular works very well otherwise.
I have fiddled with the installation so much, though, that I'm not sure
I'd be able to reproduce the steps so you could install it. I suppose I
will have to reinstall Wine and try a second time once it works.
Finally, I am initiating a petition encouraging CodeWeavers to release
CrossOver Office on FreeBSD. It will be announced next week, and I will
post a copy of the announcement here.
After working with Wine a bit, I find it frustratingly tantalizing, but
very difficult to get just right. The documentation, such as it is, is
awful. So a professionally-supported product would be a great help, I
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