I downloaded and installed http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/attic/veclinux-1.8/packages/wordperfect8/wp8-libs.tgz
and then installed wplinux
The pretty wp install program worked fine and said "Done" at the end.
However, though wplinux started on typing ./xwp (root and non-root), it died after showing the WP startup page, giving a "segmentation fault" error. This error is discussed in paragraph 3.3 of http://linuxmafia.com/wpfaq/
and I tried that fix (running unset LD_PRELOAD) right before ./xwp, but it didn't help.
I suspect Caitlyn is correct. However, one thing I would like to try but don't know how is this:
The first paragraph of http://linuxmafia.com/wpfaq/
ends with the following:
"Don't forget to ensure the libraries' directories are listed in /etc/ld.so.conf, and then re-run /sbin/ldconfig."
There is no /etc/ld.so.conf on my system and though I could add one, I don't know how to list the libraries' directories in it.
Thanks to everyone for their input. About half the lawyers in Nevada still use WP and I get those files all the time. One of the best things about Word Perfect is its backward compatibility. I still have the WP6 dos disks. I might try them on dosemu if I can't get wplinux to work.