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Apr 15, 2000, 00:26 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Last week, I mentioned that I was having some problems with Corel's new WordPerfect Office 2000 suite for Linux. Just hours after that column went online, Gavriel State, engineering architect for Linux development at Corel, came to my rescue. With Gavriel's tips in hand, I had WordPerfect behaving beautifully in no time. And although Corel still has some wrinkles to iron out, I'm happy as a clam."

"To recap the problems I was having: WordPerfect crashed a few times for me; the Bitstream FontTastic font server didn't seem to work with XFree86 4.0; and I couldn't get WordPerfect to print on any Linux distribution except Corel's."

"Gavriel sent me a patch that makes WordPerfect Office initialize correctly on Caldera OpenLinux and prevents WordPerfect from crashing the first time you use it. To be fair, Caldera is not one of the distributions that Corel advertised as tested and compatible with the suite. Fortunately, the patch is extremely minor. (I've included it below.)..."

"So, all in all, WordPerfect Office 2000 could be the killer productivity suite for Linux. If Linux takes off on the desktop the way I expect it to, WordPerfect may someday reclaim its crown as the leading word processor in the market. In the meantime, I only have one significant item on my wish list for the next update to Corel WordPerfect Office: I want the calendar and address book to sync up with my PalmPilot. Fortunately, Corel is planning to add that feature in the future."

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