Ubuntu 10.04 comes with OpenOffice.org 3.2, which should be more than adequate for all your office needs; it even reads Microsoft’s new OpenXML format. However, if you absolutely must have Microsoft Office, it’s possible to install Office 2007 on your Ubuntu system using the Wine compatibility layer. Even better, it’s really quite simple to do. Here’s how to do it.
(Note that depending upon your system configuration and edition of Office, these directions might not actually work.)
First, you’ll need to install Wine itself to your Ubuntu system. Read this post for directions and a quick introduction to Wine.
Next, navigate to the location of your Office 2007 installation files. Odds are they’re probably on a CD. Open up a Terminal window, navigate to the root directory of the CD (the CD will be in the /media directory, if you can’t find it), and run this command:
The Setup program for Office 2007 will then run. Follow the default prompts, and Office 2007 should install without crashing. After the installation is complete, you can run any of the Office apps by going to Applications, to Wine, to Programs, to Microsoft Office, and clicking on the icon of the appropriate Office application.