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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Running Microsoft Project files (.mpp) on Ubuntu

Project plans give me creeps sometime due to their sheer complexity and at others their stupidity in under or over estimating the required efforts!

Anyway, if you are using Ubuntu or any other Linux system and your project manager didn't bother to supply a PDF version of the plan, then you are stuck!

Unless you wish to install Wine and further buy a license for Microsoft Project and blah blah. There is an easier alternative called OpenProject which lets you open .mpp files.

OpenProj itself isn't the best viewer for project plans and I myself find it difficult to navigate around it at time, but hey it comes for free and does the job.

Easiest way to install on Ubuntu is to download the .deb file from here


Do also visit the http://openproj.org/openproj for more details.

And I forgot to mention, there are installable files for Windows and Mac too.

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