Tax the wealthy. Problem solved.

Would it be worth it

http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/16798.html

To copy one of these apps to run on Linux?

I can definitely see a need for Act and QuickBooks.  I'm not sure about the rest.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
January 31st, 2006 4:47pm
There's sporadic howling from some AutoCAD users but they have Buckley's chance of gatting a Linux or Apple port from Autodesk. I see no attraction unless Office and VBA is already there waiting.
Permalink trollop 
January 31st, 2006 5:12pm
Office and VBA is there waiting. You can run them just fine.
Permalink Colm 
February 1st, 2006 3:29am
Colm: I didn't know that. Are you referring to an Office clone running natively on Linux or MS Office running on (say) Wine?
Permalink trollop 
February 1st, 2006 4:33am
Codeweavers (guys who made WINE) created crossover office which makes office run semi-natively on Linux. There are a bunch of other apps which run pretty well too.

http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxoffice/
Permalink Colm 
February 1st, 2006 4:40am
Good luck in getting Linux users to pay for it.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
February 1st, 2006 8:52am
*shrug*

They can just queue it up along with their latest West Wing torrents if they don't feel like paying.
Permalink Colm 
February 1st, 2006 9:10am
I've never used the official one from Codeweavers.  I think it's cheap, like 75-125 buckaroos.

I've tried the free version of Wine with MS Office and tried a lot of things and got further each time, but it never fully installed, complained about whatever.  That FOSS version of it was a major disappointment to me. 

That's the flip-side of free, you can't really garner much sympathy if it doesn't work out for you.
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
February 1st, 2006 9:11am
There's a lot of comments on this thread now, if you scroll down through it:

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8849
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
February 1st, 2006 9:13am
The time you wasted trying to get it to run with WINE is probably worth more than the $40 it would cost you to purchase crossover.
Permalink Colm 
February 1st, 2006 9:14am

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