Installing Office 2010 on Ubuntu using Wine 1.5

I tried various guides on installing Microsoft Office 2010 on Ubuntu using Wine (1.5.22) but none worked. In each case the installer failed the midway. However, since the official Wine page gives it a rating of Platinum, I finally read through the page and it worked.

Bookmarking the relevant extracts for future.

Make sure all dependencies of Wine are installed on your system, including winbind.

  1. Installed the latest Wine version. It auto installed wine-mono mentioned in the original article.

    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install wine1.6

  2. Installed ttf-mscorefonts (i.e. the windows fonts).

    Install Office 2010 to a clean wineprefix--no winetricks or other tweaks, and no other applications installed. Do not change the Windows version in winecfg; it should remain at the default setting of XP.

  3. Reset WineTricks changes: WineTricks >> Select the default wineprefix >> Delete all data and applications. Start WineTricks again to recreate default prefix.

    After installing, set riched20 to native, builtin in winecfg to enable Powerpoint to start and selection boxes to display correctly. Do not use winetricks; Office installs its own riched20 to a private directory, and the one installed by winetricks is insufficient.

  4. Run winecfg >> Libraries >> add riched20 >> edit to select native.

Have been using the the above for quite some time now. It is very stable and looks even more beautiful than on Windows :).

Official Wine Page

Pratyush Mittal @pratyush