Using WordPerfect on Linux


Revision 2.0

July 2019


This site provides information designed to assist an owner of a legitimate copy of a version of WordPerfect, who desires to use it on a current Linux distro, in doing so.


It is hoped that, when installed in the manner recommended, WordPerfect 8.1 for Linux will work in almost all respects in the way that it was designed to, and will provide an effective tool for writing, editing and printing.


The site has been reconstructed and updated in July 2019. Words such as "current" should be understood as referring primarily to July 2019.


There are five pages dealing with particular aspects:


(1) Installing WordPerfect 8.1 for Linux on a current Linux distro.


(2) A tutorial on the necessary wrapper for WP Print Manager.


(3) Some tweaks to WordPerfect 8.1 after installation.


(4) Installing WordPerfect 8.0.


(5) Emulations: using other versions of WordPerfect on Linux, such as WordPerfect for Windows via Crossover.


As compared with the previous (pre-July 2019) version of this site, there are three important advances in information:


(1) A way has been found of reviving the WP Print Manager, so as to enable one to add and configure WP printer drivers.


(2) A way has been found to install WordPerfect directly on 64-bit debian-based distros (such as Mint 18.3 64-bit).


(3) A streamlined procedure has been found to install WordPefect on any current debian-based or rpm-based distro. This involves extraction of the WordPerfect code by conversion of the WordPerfect debs into tgz tarballs, and then installation of the tgz tarballs with a utility derived from Slackware.



Last updated in July 2019

(c) Peter Stone, 2019