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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





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  Virginia Tech.


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/, and then (as root) run ldconfig in a terminal, to make them available to the WordPerfect installer.


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 present site:


libxaw6  and  xlib6g  


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 Ubuntu Forums. 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.



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Last updated on 23rd September 2011