Installing MS Office 2000 Upgrade in Xandros Business Desktop 2.5

First, some background information. Installing an upgrade
version of just about any application requires that you have
a previous version already installed. In the case of MS
Office 2000, when installed from a CD, you can point the
install program to your floppy drive to check for that
earlier version. In my case, I have a copy of MS Office 4.3
on diskettes. So when the Office 2000 install does the check
of my c:\ drive and doesn’t find anything it asks where to
look. Usually, I then insert the floppy disk in drive a:\ and
point the install at that. Thus satisfied, the install
trundles on its way.

But there is a problem if you try this procedure while
running under Xandros Business Desktop version 2.5 and the
included CrossOver Office. The problem is Xandros/CrossOver
will only show your fake c:\ drive, as opposed to a mount of
your actual c:\ or a:\ drives when dual booting with Windows. Hence,
you can’t point the Office 2000 install at your floppy drive
or anywhere else for that matter.

My quick and dirty work-around was to copy the contents of
the floppy disk to the root of the fake c:\ drive. I copied
the files to the root of the fake c:\ drive because the
install (or CrossOver, I don’t know which) would not allow
pointing to any of the sub-directories, real or otherwise.
Note that the fake c:\ drive is found in
$HOME/.cxoffice/dotwine/fake_windows/ (or, I think, in
/opt/.cxoffice/dotwine/fake_windows/ if you are installing as
the root user. Since I didn’t install as root I don’t know
for sure). Note that the Xandros file manager must be set to
display hidden files and folders to see the .cxoffice
folder.

The solution I have may not be the most elegant so if you
have a better way, let me know. Otherwise, this is more
information than I’ve found on the rather skimpy data found
on the Xandros site, CrossOver Office site, and their
respective forums.

Speaking of skimpy information, if anyone knows of a
Xandros article that gives step-by-step procedures on
removing Xandros and restoring your hard drive partition to
what it was before installing I would like to know where it
is. All I can find is information about deleting the
partitions and restoring the Master Boot Record but nothing
about changing the partition size without loosing the data
already there (when dual booting with a pre-existing Windows
installation).

On a related note, Xandros, like other current Linux
distributions, can not write to an NTFS formatted partition.
Hence, while Xandros can read from your Windows partitions,
it can not write to them (even if the partition is mounted as
read/write). While I don’t know for sure, I would assume this
is how things work (or don’t work as the case may be) when
you try to write to a Windows server or PC with shares
formatted as NTFS. If this is true, then using Linux as a
Windows client may not be a wise move unless you never need
to copy to or edit files on such a Windows NTFS
partition.

With that, I think I’ve paid forward for the year and can
get back to my regularly scheduled programming. [g]

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One response to “Installing MS Office 2000 Upgrade in Xandros Business Desktop 2.5

  1. If it were true that Linux distributions couldn’t write to shares on Windows NTFS formatted servers, this woulds also apply to W9x systems trying to write to NT-family NTFS servers. The actual write, including handling of the file system, however is dealt with by the file server in question, so both Linux and W9x clients can write to the NTFS shares.