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Versions of WordPerfect 8 for Linux

 

Installing WordPerfect 8.1 on Debian-based distros

 

Installing WordPerfect 8.1 on RPM distros or Slackware

 

Installing WordPerfect 8.1 on PC-BSD

 

Installing WordPerfect 8.0 on Debian-based distros

 

Installing WordPerfect 8.0 on RPM-based distros

 

WordPerfect 8.0/8.1 on Libranet 3.0

 

Problems and Workarounds

 

Emulation

 

 

 

Emulation

 

Another way of using WordPerfect on a Linux system is to install and run WordPerfect for Windows using the CrossOver or Wine emulation layer from CodeWeavers.

 

It is necessary to select a suitable version of WordPerfect for Windows and a compatible version of CrossOver or Wine.

 

It is possible, with some difficulty, to install WordPerfect 12 on Crossover 13.2 (the version current in August 2014). It is also possible to install Paradox 9 for Windows on Crossover 13.2.

 

It has been reported that WordPerfect for Windows X3 can be installed and run on certain versions of CrossOver or Wine.

 

So far as is known, it is not possible to install WordPerfect for Windows X4, X5 or X6 on Crossover.

 

 

WordPerfect for Windows 12 on Crossover 13 

 

After installing CrossOver Linux 13 on a Linux distro, one can install WordPerfect for Windows 12 in a winxp bottle as an unsupported application.

 

One should perform a normal installation of WordPerfect and Quattro from the WordPrfect 12 cd, using its setup.exe. But other optional elements of WordPerfect Office 12 need not be installed. When the WordPerfect setup operation is finished, Crossover may not recognise that the installation is complete, and one may then have to close the Crossover operation, or even to forcibly reboot the Linux distro.

 

Despite this infelicity, the bottle will have been created and will contain the desired WP code. But there will not be any menu-links to the WP programs. Such links can, however be created by means of Crossover's Manage Bottles function, via Control Panel, Edit Menus, Recreate.

 

After installation, the initial loading of WordPerfect 12 may fail, but a second loading should succeed. This is a permanent inconvenience. It will usually be necessary to load WordPerfect twice, whether from a menu or an icon.

 

A successful loading may produce a window which is wide but not deep. This can be resized, but the resizing may have to be repeated on every successful loading.

 

It is essential to configure WordPerfect 12 so as not to use the enhanced file open/save dialogues.

 

Most features of WordPerfect 12 should work, including printing and saving to other file formats.

 

With Crossover 13, it is no longer difficult to configure the WP keyboard without crashing the program. This is a marked improvement over some earlier versions of Crossover. More generally, WP 12 seems to run better on Crossover 13 than on earlier versions.

 

(This section relects the author's experience with Crossover 13.1 and 13.2, running on Mint 16 or 17.)

 

 

WordPerfect 9/2000 Office for Linux

 

WordPerfect 9 for Linux is part of the suite entitled WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux, once marketed by Corel. The suite includes Quattro and also, in the Deluxe version, Paradox.

 

The programs contained in the suite are not native Linux applications, but versions of those contained in WordPerfect Office 9/2000 for Windows, adapted to run on Corel's own version of the Wine emulator, known as Corelwine.

 

Unfortunately no-one has succeeded in installing Corelwine on any Linux distro which uses glibc (or libc6) in a version higher than 2.3.1. Thus one would need a distro issued not later than 2003, such as Libranet 2.8.1, Slackware 8.1, or Mandrake 9.0. No version of MEPIS, Ubuntu or Mint would be suitable.

 

It is difficult to believe that anyone not already using WordPerfect 9 for Linux on an elderly distro would wish to attempt to do so.

 

It can, however, be reported that it is possible to install and run WordPerfect 2000 for Linux on Slackware 8.1, running as a guest in a virtualbox. Not only WordPerfect 9, but also Quattro 9 and Paradox 9, can be installed and run. Installation requires the script installer still available from the Corel website. WordPerfect 9 runs slowly in this context. Difficulty may be experienced in printing from Slackware 8.1, running as a guest in a virtualbox, whatever program (including WordPerfect 2000) is used.

 

 

WordPerfect for DOS on DOSEMU

 

It is possible to install and run WordPerfect for DOS on a Linux system, using the DOSEMU emulation package. This should work with any version of WordPerfect for DOS from 5.0 to 6.2.

 

In distros current in 2010 and subsequently, in order to run DOSEMU as a normal user (rather than as root), it will often be necessary to edit it the file:

 

/etc/sysctl.conf

 

by adding an entry:

 

vm.mmap_min_addr=0

 

Useful information is available at the site on WordPerfect for DOS Updated, at Columbia University.

 

 

WordPerfect for Mac on Linux

 

It is possible to install and run WP 3.5e for Mac on a current (December 2013) Linux distro, using Mac OS 9.0.4 in the Sheepshaver emulator.

 

Useful information is available from the wordperfectmac group on Yahoo.

 

A particular useful program available there is a Droplets utility, enabling the conversion of document from normal WP 6 format to WPMac format.

 

 

Paradox on Linux

 

The editing of existing Paradox tables can be achieved by means of a Windows utility named Paradox Data Editor, which can be installed and run on Linux under Crossover. This is known to work with versions of Crossover from 10 to 13.

 

The Paradox Data Editor is available from MiTeC at www.mitec.cz/pde.html.

 

It also possible to install Paradox 9 for Windows itself on a Linux distro (such as Mint 17) using Crossover 13.2. The Paradox setup program will complete, but Crossover may not recognise that it has done so. One must then close the Crossover operation. The bottle will exist, and will contain the desired Paradox code, but it will be necessary to create a menu entry for Paradox by means of Crossover's Manage Bottles funtion. Once installed, Paradox 9 appears to run satisfactorily.

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Stone © 2010-14

Last updated on 22nd August 2014