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LinuxPower: AbiWord: Free Word processing on all platforms now!

Mar 23, 2001, 22:34 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)

[ Thanks to Christian Schaller for this link. ]

"While the spreadsheet was the definitive killer app of the personal computer in the early years, this position was soon taken over by the wordprocessor. No desktop application is now as indispensable as the word processor is to the average computer user. Everyone from church secretaries to top level high flying consultants of the business world rely on a wordprocessor to perform their tasks. One of the free software projects which have long worked to provide this essential tool to the computer users is AbiWord. AbiWord, unlike most free software projects, is truly multiplatform with native GUI on all its supported platforms. To get updated on the latest events of this popular project we managed to get Dominic Lachowicz to talk with us. Dom is one of the most active developers of the project and maintainer of the AbiWord GNOME front-end."

"What platforms have working versions of AbiWord and what platforms are still works in progress?"

"Dom: Every platform is still very much a work in progress :) Some platforms are definitely more advanced than others, and (in my opinion) the GNOME platform is the most advanced of any of our supported platforms. Currently we fully support the GTK+, GNOME, Win32, and QNX front-ends. We do have support for BeOS as well, but it has fallen behind a bit, as no one is currently actively maintaining the BeOS front-end. It is still fairly up-to-date: this is a natural side-effect of the XP design employed by AbiWord. We are looking for interested people to start up work on this again, and welcome all volunteers. Hubert Figuière is working steadily on a MacOS port, and is making some good headway on it too. We're really looking forward to seeing AbiWord on MacOS."

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