Installing Microsoft Office 2000 on FreeBSD 5.3 at CAIA

CAIA Technical Report 041203A

Kris Mitchell
December 3rd, 2004


This technical report describes the process of installing Microsoft Office 2000 on a CAIA FreeBSD desktop PC. A number of assumptions are made in this report these are:

The Microsoft Office 2000 Installer for FreeBSD 5.3

System Level Installation

The pre-packaged installer for Microsoft Office 2000, caia-freebsd-5.3-msoffice2k-cups.tar can be unpacked under FreeBSD using the following command:
tar -xf caia-freebsd-5.3-msoffice2k-cups.tar
Once unpacked, change directory to caia-msoffice2k
If you already have CUPS printing configured on FreeBSD you can skip step 1.

The following steps need to be performed as root:
  1. Change directory to the cups_config directory and run the script. This will install CUPS and the required configuration files to add two printers to your system.
    1. LaserJet - The lab HP LaserJet printer
    2. PDFPrinter - A PDF generator which creates files in ~/PDF

  2. From the caia-msoffice2k directory run the script. This will install the KDE intgeration files and a pre-configured compressed .wine archive containing Microsoft Office 2000 to /usr/local/share/msoffice. The output of this script should look like this (for a successful install):
    Installing WINE (v20040505 with CUPS support)...
    Installing User Installation Files...
    Installing Executable Scripts...
    Once the installation is complete, you may delete the caia-msoffice2k directory and the caia-freebsd-5.3-msoffice2k-cups.tar file.

User Level Installation

Once Microsoft Office has been installed on the system, it needs to be made available to each (non-privileged) user who wants to use it. This step allows different users of the machine to have independent settings in Microsoft Office and different levels of integration with the KDE desktop. To install Microsoft Office 2000 and KDE integration as a regular user type:
This script is installed by the to the /usr/local/bin directory. The following screenshots show the installation procedure:
Welcome Dialog

Warning Dialog
This dialog will only appear if have a pre-existing ~/.wine directory

Progress Dialog

KDE Menu Dialog

Desktop Icons Dialog

These dialogs default to "Yes" which will install a Microsoft Office menu item in the KDE menu and add Microsoft Office shortcuts to the desktop.

Using Microsoft Office 2000 on FreeBSD

Double-clicking on a .doc, .xls or .ppt file in Konqueror will open the file in the appropriate Microsoft Office application. If desktop shortcuts have been installed, Office files can be opened by dragging them from a Konqueror window onto the appropriate Office desktop shortcut. If KDE menus have been installed, Office applications can be launched from the Microsoft Office 2000 sub-menu.

Inside Microsoft Office applications, D: is your FreeBSD home directory, E: is /cdrom, H: is /home M: is /mnt and Y: is /tmp.

Printing from Microsoft Office applications is done as usual. There are two printers available:
  1. LaserJet - The lab HP LaserJet printer
  2. PDFPrinter - A PDF generator which creates files in ~/PDF
There are a number of issues with running Microsoft Office 2000 under FreeBSD, these are listed as part of the general Microsoft Office on FreeBSD Technical Report 041129A


While there are some limitations to using Microsoft Office 2000 on FreeBSD, it does provide acceptable compatibility with common Microsoft file formats allowing those people who wish to run a FreeBSD desktop to deal with Office format documents without the need to reboot into Windows.


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