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I used to be a MS Excel 2003 guru. I installed MS Office in Ubuntu with Wine, but the Macros make Excel crash.

Is there any way to get this working? I've been thinking to install VMWare with WinXP, but I would like to run Excel (for instance) from the Ubuntu desktop (I don't know if that's possible).

I've tried to install the dll's in Wine, but without success.

Whining: I've tried to 'work' with OpenOffice, but the language and the IDE are getting to me. I'm trying to create a database with base and extract the data with calc, but I've been struggling for days where I would have finished already with Access/Excel.

Edit: Finally with VMWare Player, WinXP & Office 2003, I'm set to go...

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Just saw this…. Seems like Excel 2003 doesn't work with wine. – GUI Junkie Jul 11 '11 at 13:53
yep, VMWare with XP or Remote Desktop should be your friends. For documents you could give LyX a chance, though ;) – type Jul 11 '11 at 13:54
I'll give Crossover a try – GUI Junkie Jul 11 '11 at 13:59
@type Thanks, I've no problem with Writer for documents. I'm not trying to do anything advanced there. – GUI Junkie Jul 11 '11 at 14:00
@GUI Junkie : Does Excel 2007 crash when using Macros also ? – Binarylife Jul 11 '11 at 14:05

While you try to get used to LibreOffice ( is essentially dead, so you should switch), you can try to install MS Office Excel with PlayOnLinux. It is available in the repositories, and makes installing most common/important Windows applications a breeze.

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I'll give that a try, thanks. – GUI Junkie Jul 11 '11 at 14:52
Pd. I don't know if OpenOffice is dead, but it should be taken out to the back and be shot – GUI Junkie Jul 11 '11 at 14:56
So what's the difference between OpenOffice and LibreOffice apart from the serial number? – GUI Junkie Jul 16 '11 at 17:55
Ah, I've tried PlayOnLinux, but it leans on Wine so the result is that I've uninstalled Office. I'll try again when I can. – GUI Junkie Jul 16 '11 at 17:56

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