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Linux.com: Matching Up with Windows Applications

Mar 07, 2000, 03:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Stone)

"... open source, like nature itself, abhors a vacuum, and missing application areas are being filled."

"Should a Windows user be concerned about trying and perhaps even relying on Linux as a desktop operating system? These days, there is little for the Windows user to fear."

"But the "lack of applications" criticism is often a disguise for another criticism: lack of compatibility with Microsoft applications. Here the state of Linux applications continues to improve. It's also worth noting that Microsoft applications themselves are not entirely compatible with Microsoft applications."

"As an editor at O'Reilly I certainly needed the full power of Word's system of revision marks. No other word processor offers equivalent functionality (despite the fact that this capability has changed little since Word 2.0). But a book editor is an exception. Most people seldom need more than basic formatting: bold, italic, underlining, a few fonts, and a way to set margins, headers, and footers on a page. Word processors under Linux offer all this and more. I've experimented with WordPerfect 8, and I haven't tried Applixware. For now I've settled on using StarOffice, and I have no real complaints with it."

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