The Wine versions below are known to have regressions that affect Office 2003. Do not try to install in them:
1.3.13—current: some versions of the installer have been reported to crash immediately (bugs 26358, 31942). It is not clear what versions might be affected.
See the note below for the workaround.
1.3.14 through 1.3.18: standard
install works fine (for installers not affected by bug 26358), but
advanced customization is not possible
1.3.5 through 1.3.7
1.1.39 through 1.2-rc3: while the installer works
fine in these versions, there was a regression (bug 22725) that caused
Excel to crash if data was entered in two adjacent columns. Do not use
these versions if you need Excel.
1.1.35: while the installer works fine in this
version, there was a regression (bug 21071) that prevented saving files
in Word. Do not use this version if you need Word.
1.1.17 through 1.1.23
1.1.1 and 1.1.2
1.1.2 through 1.1.9 (German and Spanish versions of Office 2003)
If you are using a version of Wine older than 1.8, upgrade to either the current stable or development release.
Make sure you have all dependencies of Wine installed, including winbind.
If you have 64 bit Wine installed, you must create a 32 bit
wineprefix for Office 2003 using the WINEARCH=win32 environment
No overrides are required to install Office 2003 Pro. Install as you would in Windows: insert the cd and run the installer. If the .exe installer crashes (bug 31942), install using the .msi file which should be located in the same
directory as setuppro.exe. The name of this file seems to vary by
version; files reported to work include pro11.msi and STD11.msi.
Once Office 2003 is installed, set the following overrides in winecfg:
riched20: set to native; needed for the thesaurus
gdiplus: for 1.1.38 and later, set to native, builtin. This override is not needed for earlier versions of Wine, as prior to 1.1.38 the default behavior was to favor gdiplus that was installed by the app itself.
If using native gdiplus causes Office apps to crash, the most likely
cause is nonconformant ttf fonts installed on your system. (Ubuntu in
particular is known to be afflicted.) Run winetricks fontfix to fix this.
It is not necessary to install these dlls, as Office installs its own version. These overrides should not be set globally unless Office is installed in a separate wineprefix. If other apps are installed in the same wineprefix as Office, set the overrides individually for Office apps.
The above overrides are needed for all Office 2003 applications. Check the AppDB entries for the individual Office applications for any additional, application-specific tweaks that may be needed.
Guidelines for Submitting Test Reports
Test in a clean wineprefix with plain Wine.
Specify exactly which edition of Office 2003 you tested (Standard, Pro, etc.) This is crucial--bugs that affect one edition may not affect others.
Specify exactly what type of install you tested (Typical, Custom, Minimal, etc.)
Limit your report to the installer only. Reports on the performance of individual apps should be filed under their respective AppDB entries. Problems with running any of the apps should only be mentioned if it is clear that it is due to a problem with the installer.
If you used any overrides during the install, please list them and explain exactly what problem each override was needed to solve.
Test reports that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.