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MSNBC: Word Processing for Everyone?

May 15, 2002, 13:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Krakow)

"That's because AbiWord is cross-platform, open software. It is copyrighted and available for use under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). In short, you can use it, plus if you can help writing portions of the program or can help with fixing some of the inevitable software bugs you're encouraged to do so and share it with everyone else. That's what AbiWord is all about.

"AbiWord began during the Internet IPO craze. It was hoped that an open software office suite might help SourceGear Corporation become a player in the Linux/Open Source world and would produce a lucrative ITP. That didn't happen. So SourceGear stopped working on the project and released the source code. Since then more than 200 people have worked on the open word processor over the years. It's now down to a core of nearly two dozen, finally bringing the product to fruition.

"From the beginning, AbiWord targeted Microsoft Word as its goal--not trying to match the popular software feature for feature, but to create a program that equaled the look and feel of Word. Plus, they wanted to bring that look and feel to a number of different platforms..."

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