Installing WordPerfect 8.0 on Debian-based distros
It does not seem possible to install WordPerfect 8.0 directly in a Debian-based
distro released in 2009 or later, such as MEPIS 8.0, 8.5 or 11, or Ubuntu 8.10
or above. The reason for this difficulty is not clear, but it may be related to
changes in libc6.
It is however possible to install WordPerfect 8.0 in a Debian-based distro
dating from 2008, such as MEPIS 7 or Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. An installation
in MEPIS 7 can then be copied into and run in MEPIS 8.0 or 8.5. In Ubuntu, one
can upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04, using the Ubuntu upgrade facility, and
WordPerfect 8.0 will continue to run.
MEPIS 7 can be obtained at
Ubuntu 8.04 can be obtained at the
University of Kent mirror.
To install WordPerfect 8.0 in MEPIS 7 or Ubuntu 8.04, some support files
are necessary. These can be obtained as wp8-compat-libs.tgz from
These support files can be unpacked into, say, /opt/oldlibs. One must
then add an entry for their location to /etc/ld.so.conf, and then (as root)
run ldconfig in a terminal, to make them available to the WordPerfect
In addition to these support files, the version of libxaw6
from the Debian Etch archive, and the version of xlib6g,
5.0.1, prepared by the operator of the present site, should be installed
before attempting to install WordPerfect 8.0. They may be obtained at the
The actual installation of WordPerfect 8.0 is effected by running
a Runme script provided by WordPerfect in a terminal. In the case of
WordPerfect 8.0 DPE, the script file is named "Runme". In the case of
WordPerfect 8.0 PE, it is named "install.wp".
A detailed guide to installation of WordPerfect 8.0 on Ubuntu 8.04 can
be found at
WordPerfect Universe. This is a development of the guidance provided earlier at
Such guidance is also applicable (with minor variations) to installation on MEPIS 7.
Directions for installing WordPerfect 8.0 or 8.1 on Libranet 3.0
have been kindly provided by Leon Goldstein and are
available here. Although Libranet is no longer available,
these directions may be useful in relation to other Debian-based distros.