Friday, April 14, 2023

How to Install Microsoft Office on Linux

 Microsoft Office on Linux is possible. Here are three methods for getting Microsoft Office installed in a Linux environment.

The most widely used office productivity suite in the world is Microsoft Office. It doesn't matter if your PC runs Windows 10 or macOS, it's likely that you're using Microsoft Office. If you're not, you have a colleague who is.

But your PC runs Linux. How on earth are you going to install Microsoft Office on Linux and use it without running into problems?

Getting Microsoft Office on Linux is easy. We cover three methods for running Microsoft Office in a Linux environment.

How to Install Microsoft Office on Linux

You have three ways to run Microsoft's industry-defining office software on a Linux computer:

  1. Use Microsoft Office on the web in a Linux browser
  2. Install Microsoft Office using PlayOnLinux
  3. Use Microsoft Office on a Windows virtual machine

Note that there is no Microsoft Office 365 for Linux. There is also no MS Office for Linux, but these methods let you run Microsoft Office on Linux without the enhancements Office 365 brings. In case you're not sure, here are the differences between MS Office and Microsoft Office 365.

Option 1: Use Microsoft Office in a Browser

It might not be the full Microsoft Office, but what is made available via your browser is certainly good enough for a big chunk of office-based tasks. It's an easy way to start without paying for the full Microsoft Office suite.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook can all be accessed via your browser and Microsoft account.

Is your copy of Microsoft Office via monthly subscription to Office 365? Linux users can take advantage of the advanced browser-based tools that make this version of Office almost as complete as the Windows, Mac, and mobile versions.

As the suite is browser-based, it's not going to be available offline. However, you can make things smoother by setting as a desktop shortcut. Files will be saved to the cloud, and the best way to manage this is with a Microsoft OneDrive account.

Without Office 365, you'll get a stripped-back collection of features. Though useful in a pinch, it doesn't do everything you expect.

Option 2: Install Microsoft Office Using PlayOnLinux

Need the full Microsoft Office on Linux? You'll need to install it. Now, you probably think that it isn't possible to install Windows software on Linux, and to a certain degree, that is true. Fortunately, other tools are available to help you install Windows software like Microsoft Word on Linux, along with the rest of the office suite.

The simplest way to install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu is using CrossOver or PlayOnLinux. The following instructions are for installing Office 365 on Ubuntu, but you'll be able to customize this for distros that use different package managers.

Install PlayOnLinux

Begin by opening a terminal and installing winbind:

sudo apt install winbind

This is a tool that ensures that PlayOnLinux correctly links the Windows login on the software you're attempting to install. You may also need to install cURL and p7zip-full if they're not already installed.

Next, install PlayOnLinux.

sudo apt install playonlinux

Alternatively, you can open your distro's app installer. On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and above, use Ubuntu Software to search for PlayOnLinux and click Install. Wait for the installation to complete.

Now, all you need to do is launch PlayOnLinux from Menu > Applications. To install Microsoft Office, click the Office tab, then either use the search field or browse the list. Note that you'll need to install the full suite, as no individual apps (aside from Project 2010, Word Viewer, and Excel Viewer) are available.

You'll notice that with each app you select in PlayOnLinux, a summary of compatibility is displayed on the right. For further details about this, click the link. A browser window will take you to WineHQ, where you can find out more.

On Linux, you're limited to Microsoft Office 2016 as the latest version (the 32-bit version, at best). For the best, most stable results, use Microsoft Office 2016 (method B). For this, you'll need the installation media (or ISO file) or setup file, along with a genuine product key.

Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu With PlayOnLinux

With the ISO file ready, click Install.

The PlayOnLinux wizard will start and prompt you to select a DVD-ROM or a setup file. Choose the appropriate option, then Next. If you're using a setup file, you'll need to browse to where this is stored on your Linux system.

Click Next to proceed with the installation. Once complete, Microsoft Office will be ready to run on Linux.

You'll be able to run Microsoft Office from the desktop without separately loading PlayOnLinux, which will run in the background.

Need a feature that is only available in the latest version of Microsoft Office? Consider CrossOver, a paid tool with a free trial that can run more recent versions of Microsoft Office.

Installation of CrossOver is more straightforward than PlayOnLinux, while installation of Office is along similar lines (there is a developmental connection between the two tools).

And yes, having Windows software running effortlessly on your Linux PC really is amazing, isn't it? You'll find that PlayOnLinux can support several other applications, as well as many Windows games. In short, this is how you can install MS Office on Ubuntu.

Option 3: Install Microsoft Office 365 on Linux in a Windows VM

There is another option for anyone wishing to install Microsoft Office on their Linux computer. This isn't as easy as the others, however, unless you're already running a Windows virtual machine.

In this case, all you need to do is boot your virtual machine, sign into Windows, and install Microsoft Office. Linux users can install any version of Office this way, unlike using Wine/PlayOnLinux, which can be useful for file compatibility.

Get Microsoft Office for Linux Today!

Microsoft Office is not the most ideal option for running office tasks on Linux systems. However, if it's what you need to get the job done, you have four good options to install MS Office on Linux.

Yes, open-source alternatives are best for most Linux office productivity tasks but installing Microsoft Office overcomes document compatibility problems. This can prove vital in meeting deadlines or accessing complex spreadsheets and databases.

Once you've sorted out installing Microsoft Office on Linux, don't stop there. You can install much more Windows software on Linux.

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Running WeavePoint on an Apple Mac computer

WeavePoint is made for Windows. There is no WeavePoint version for Mac OS, but you can still run WeavePoint on a Mac.

One option is to use Wine, as CrossOver or PlayOnMac, this does not require Windows. This way, WeavePoint can integrate seamlessly in Mac OS, you don't really "see" Windows, WeavePoint starts and runs from Mac OS.

This page is about installing WeavePoint on a Mac with CrossOver and PlayOnMac (or other versions of Wine). If using Parallels, Boot Camp, WM Fusion or similar, see their instructions instead.

Note that loom control via a serial port will not work under CrossOver/PlayOnMac/Wine at present.

Note that updates of your macOS operating system may require that you also update your Crossover or PlayOnMac versions.

Update March 2023: We now recommend CrossOver. PlayOnMac 4.4.3 cannot be used with WeavePoint and later versions of macOS. We've tested WeavePoint and Crossover 22 with macOS 12.6 Monterey, and it seems to work well. The latest macOS updates has created problems for WeavePoint running under PlayOnMac 4.4.3 or before. WeavePoint starts as normal, but dialogs cannot be opened. This means we cannot recommend PlayOnMac for the moment. A future PlayOnMac update may correct this.


Installation by CrossOver

How to install WeavePoint with CrossOver

For new bottle name, you can write "WeavePoint".



It can be convenient to use a mouse for drawing in the WeavePoint grids. Note that if you use an Apple mouse and it appears to have only one button, you can add right-click in your Mac's System Preferences.

Right-click is used in WeavePoint to erase in grids. Another way to do a right-click is Ctrl+click or click with two fingers on the trackpad.


Some observations

To keep your patterns easily available in one location, it can be recommended to save pattern files in the WeavePoint folder under the Documents folder.

When clicking the yellow button to minimize WeavePoint, the WeavePoint running icon will appear in the Dock. If the program does not reappear when you click the icon, right-click or Ctrl+click the icon and choose WeavePoint.

If the grids do not appear to fill the WeavePoint window correctly, close and restart WeavePoint.


Font size and smoothing

The menu and dialogue text fonts may look slightly different from when you run WeavePoint under standard Windows. Text size will depend on your Mac's screen size and resolution.

If you open CrossOver, click Wine Configuration and then select Graphics, there is a setting for Screen Resolution (DPI). If you increase this to 120 DPI (recommended), menu text, Help text and other texts will get larger.

Text fonts in dialogues etc. may not look as smooth and "dark" as expected. It is possible to fix this, although it may seem a little bit more andvanced. It requires a small, plain text file (like you can make with Notepad in Windows) and must have the subfix .reg. On a Mac, you can use TextEdit. In the Format menu, select Make Plain Text. Copy the text below and paste it in. You can can save it as smoothfont.reg (or something similar). In CrossOver, click the Run command and write Regedit. When Regedit opens, in the Registry menu, click Import Registry File and open your reg file. If a success, fonts should now be better. This is how the file should look (note: a blank line under the version line, only one blank line allowed):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]


If WeavePoint does not recognize your printer, you can use File/Export/Save as PNG-image, to save a hight quality image and then open the image in a standard Mac program to print it. Another workaround is to install a virtual PDF printer called PDFWriter on your Mac. Once installed you can print to PDFWriter and then open the resulting PDF file in the native Mac program Preview and then print it.

Computer Assisted Looms

If using electronic loom control, note that this will not work under PlayOnMac/CrossOver/Wine at present. If you have an AVL loom with Compu-Dobby IV or later or a Little Weaver, you can use AVLDrive for Mac to run the loom: Design in WeavePoint, save as wif-file and open the pattern in AVLDrive to weave.

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

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Friday, April 7, 2023

How To Play Roblox On Linux

 Roblox is one of the most talked-about and played in the gaming community right now. But with only options for Windows & Mac downloads, many Linux users are feeling left out. But till the devs plan to release an official version, there are several workarounds you can do to get it done for now. So today let’s look at how to get, install, and play Roblox on Linux Ubuntu.

Here’s how to get, install, and play Roblox on Linux Ubuntu:

  1. Open Internet Browser on your Linux system.
  2. We are using Mozilla Firefox for this process.
  3. Go to WineHQ webpage.
  4. Click on “Ubuntu”.
  5. Select the Ubuntu version you have.
  6. Make sure to remove any old Wine package repository first.
  7. This page will guide you with all commands.
  8. Still for your convenience, we will share them here.
  9. Open Ubuntu Terminal with Ubuntu using Ctrl+Alt+T.
  10. Type in 32-bit architecture command:
    • sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386.
  11. Now download the repository key:
    • wget -nc
    • sudo apt-key add winehq.key
  12. Add the repository according to your Ubuntu version:
    • Ubuntu 21.10 – sudo add-apt-repository ‘deb impish main’
    • Ubuntu 21.04 – sudo add-apt-repository ‘deb hirsute main’
    • Ubuntu 20.10 – sudo add-apt-repository ‘deb groovy main’
    • Ubuntu 20.04 | Linux Mint 20.x – sudo add-apt-repository ‘deb focal main’
    • Ubuntu 18.04 | Linux Mint 19.x – sudo add-apt-repository ‘deb bionic main’
  13. Now use the update command:
    • sudo apt update
  14. Use of the below package:
    • Stable branch:
      • sudo apt install –install-recommends winehq-stable
    • Development branch:
      • sudo apt install –install-recommends winehq-devel
    • Staging branch:
      • sudo apt install –install-recommends winehq-staging
  15. We used the Stable branch
  16. Now get Roblox for the Windows version
  17. Wait for it to complete
  18. Open “download folder” in “File Manager”
  19. Find the Roblox file
  20. Right-click, open with, choose “Wine Windows Program Loader”
  21. Roblox will install now
  22. Once done, you will see the Roblox icon on your desktop
  23. Right-click & select “Allow Launch”
  24. Log in with your Roblox account, and enjoy

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