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I am a new ubuntu user, just installed 12.04 LTS. Learned a lot from ubuntu users suggestions on the webs. I am a student and frequent user of MS office. However, I am unable to install MS Office as failing to get updates plus installing wine1.7.

sudo apt-get update shows something about unable to connect and some files failed to download, they have been ignored or older ones have been used instead. sudo apt-get install wine1.7 shows something about unmet dependencies and broken packages.

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You are stating to have multiple problems - it's hard to give a solution unless you show us the output of running the commands sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade. Edit your question after running those commands. – Aditya Oct 11 '13 at 8:05
You could give a try if ms office is not running stable via wine – blade19899 Oct 11 '13 at 9:00
for an in-depth feature comparison see :… – blade19899 Oct 11 '13 at 9:12
yes i a for a time being but when my class fellows receive my files and open in ms office, the formatting is very much changed. – spirit Oct 16 '13 at 8:33
@spirit: Paste the output of running the command to and provide us the link to it. – Aditya Oct 16 '13 at 10:15

I have installed Office 2007 on Ubuntu 13.04, and it runs great. Maybe you can use this link.

First you have to install the libraries that the link tells you to install and then install Office. Office updates have to be installed manually.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Braiam Oct 14 '13 at 21:30

wine 1.7 is not a stable release. remove it and replace it with current stable release 1.6 and then try. also as far as I know, you can install MS Office 2007 but not later versions. for more info, check these links:

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when I give the command sudo apt-get install wine1.4 winetricks wine-gecko1.4 following appears:Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package wine-gecko1.4 is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source E: Package 'wine-gecko1.4' has no installation candidate – spirit Oct 14 '13 at 16:37
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The problem was that my 64 bit system OS (ubuntu 12.04) was not updating completely because of the server. I went to the ubuntu software center>edit>software sources>download from> choose the best server> and I accepted the choice by ubuntu. That's it. Changing the mirror actually solved the problem. The sudo apt-get update happened successfully and I then followed the instructions available in forums to install wine and ms office 2007. The rest is good.

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