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Linux users may soon be able to run Windows Office applications on their PCs without Windows the operating system with new Wine conversion software from CodeWeavers. Eventually, avid Linux users hope that Wine will popularize Linux for home use and encourage the development of native Linux applications. CodeWeavers also has a related product, WineLib, that converts Windows-based applications to Linux-compatible ones.
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yea, i don't know what to think. i believe it will help boost linux... but it will allow Microsoft to keep their choke-hold. i have only been into linux for about a year now, but i have to use Microsoft for homework at school. if i could run Word on my linux machine, i wouldn't need my Windows machine anymore!
 
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You could always use Star Office ... it's a fantastic office application and saves stuff in Word format if you want it to. Not entirely sure if there's a linux version available, but it is written in Java!!
 
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