Hints for using MS Word and PowerPoint files on SLAC Unix
There are few reliable options available for reading and editing MS Word and
PowerPoint files on unix machines. However, here we list a few possibilities
for Solaris and Linux at SLAC, in case you want to make the attempt.
has been somewhat problematic; they work fine in some cases, poorly
in others. Good luck!
StarOffice (Sun and Linux)
StarOffice has been installed at SLAC and may be accessed from Sun and Linux
boxes. Setup instructions are in
There is no documentation on
the SLAC web, but there is built-in help. There is also a SLAC email list,
staroffice-l, for exchange of tips and help by users. You can subscribe to this
list by sending a one-line email containing the text
in the message body to
is the contact person.
Windows Terminal Service (available for Unix, Mac, and other platforms)
This alternative uses the Windows Terminal
Service farm, which gives you access to a multi-user NT server from
Unix, Mac, and other platforms (including other windows platforms).
More information and the signup form are at
Citrix at SLAC.
AbiWord (Linux only)
A third alternative is AbiWord, which has been installed on the norics
It is supposed to be able to read and display MS Word files. However,
there is a font problem which occurs
if your display machine is not a linux box as well. You can find it on the
norics in /usr/bin/AbiWord. More information is available from the
Last modified: Tue Oct 17 17:05:10 PDT 2000