Problems and solutions in Linux — 6 Comments

  1. On the problem, if you still have your Office installation discs, you could try installing through Wine. Office is one of the programs that the Wine development group put most effort into.
    I don’t blog as much as you, so couldn’t comment on that – when I do write, I write directly into WordPress.

  2. (grr your blog ate my post… Retypes.)
    I used Ubuntu non stop for about a year, although I loved the operating system, the one thing that constantly made me wish I was on windows (shudder) was Open Office. 1/3 of the time it would crash, 1/3 of the time it would crash my laptop last 1/3 it was clunky and laggy as hell. It’s free and great open source software don’t get me wrong, just still very very buddy..
    Have you considered using google docs? It’s spreed-sheets aren’t bad at all.

  3. Welcome, Kat.  Please don’t accuse my site of eating your words.  It is a well fed site, having eaten a full Spaghetti Bolognaise earlier today.

    I followed Kae’s advice earlier today and installed Office through Wine.  It worked a treat and I now have full access to Excel (which is the application I needed).  It works perfectly with one small glitch – all the titles and legends have disappeared!  This is purely down to confusion with available fonts, so it is a trivial issue.

    Never used Google Docs.  I doubt they would be fully compatible, but I might have a look as a standby.  Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. To solve your problem with titles and legends disappearing, bring up your Home directory in the file manager (Dolphin) and under the View Menu, select “Show hidden files”. Then  scroll scroll down and look for a folder called “.fonts”. If it doesn’t exist then create one and open it (there will be nothing in it of course).
    Open up another file manager window and click on your Windows partition in the left hand sidebar (this will mount the partition). Once your Windows partition is mounted and the folders and files are shown in the file manager, navigate to the Windows/Fonts folder and open it. You should see all your installed Windows fonts.

    Now you should have two file manager Windows open. One showing your open “.font” folder with nothing in it and one showing the contents of your Windows/Fonts folder on your Windows partition. I’m sure you can see where I’m leading here but just to say I gave complete instructions…

    In your Windows/Fonts folder, select all the fonts (ctrl+a) then deselect all the non true types if you wish (this is what I do). This should leave you with all the MS True Type fonts selected including all the ones installed by MS Office in Windows. Now simply drag all the selected fonts from your “Windows/Fonts” folder over to your “.fonts” folder in your Home directory and tell it to copy when the dialog box pops up and you’re done.

    Log out and log back in and all you should have all your Windows fonts available for Mint KDE and, I believe, for the Wine installed MS Office.
    Please excuse the long winded instructions but I used to write tech manuals for the common man and I can’t get rid of the habit.

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