Crossover Office: Win Apps on Linux

Pros and Cons

  • Pros:

    • Gnome, KDE, command line: immediate access to winword, excel, powerpnt
    • No need for a Windows OS install or license (vmware, dual boot)
    • Needs much less memory and disk space, performance is better
    • Integration with your Linux desktop "natural"
    • Included documentation (I haven't needed it so far)
    • User Support: ticket system, very responsive staff, mailing lists.
    • Despite "unsupported" status, many programs will just install and run.

  • Cons:

    • Not a "true" windows environment (but most stuff works well)
    • IE Java Virtual Machine problems in IE6 (for now; may work later)
    • List of supported apps, while significant, is not huge
    • You can make things freeze up (movies in powerpoint?)
    • Not optimal for "power" windows users.

Crossover Office: Run Windows Programs on Linux
Pat Murphy