I really admire Wine (more than I ever admired it during the past 10
years when it was floundering toward stability) and particularly
has achieved with Wine. I depend on CodeWeavers’ Linux product so I
can work on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files the same way my
Windows-addicted colleagues work on them. As impressive as OpenOffice
tools are, I’m just not confident I’ll get the results my colleagues
expect to see when I use OpenOffice to manipulate the MS Office
files I share with these people.
But sometimes Wine and CodeWeavers work too well. They can make Linux
bug-for-bug compatible with Windows. To illustrate this, I will
describe an amusing incident that just happened to me while I was
doing intensive work on a Word document.
Suddenly, during one of my attempts to save the file, I received the
dreaded error message familiar to every prisoner of Windows: “Out of
memory or disk space. Remove some files or close some applications…”The joke here is the error message was transparently lying–something
that wouldn’t be clear on a Windows system, but was clear here. I had
used up only 75% of the disk space on my partition (although
CodeWeavers does something strange I don’t quite understand with fake
Windows drives). And Linux was churning away happily; the
free program showed no strain on the system. The problem
was in Word and Word alone.
I plan to continue using MS Office products. In addition to the considerations I mentioned earlier, Word has some features I
wish OpenOffice Writer had, and from brief trials I can tell that
OpenOffice Impress is way behind PowerPoint in stability. But I don’t
like the realization that these office products have brought some of
the craziness of Windows with them.
Why would Word have memory problems on Linux?