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AbiWord: The Underappreciated Word Processor

May 25, 2010, 21:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Network effects being what they are, OpenOffice.org tends to suck all the oxygen out of the room when talking about open source productivity applications. But OpenOffice.org isn't the only game in town for open source word processing. One of the best, if underexposed, open word processors is AbiWord.

"AbiWord has been around for ages, but without the weight of a company like Sun behind it, the little word processor has gotten less attention than it deserves. Let's try to remedy that a bit.

"Linux users shouldn't need to hunt too hard to get started with AbiWord. All of the major distros have AbiWord packages, just search for "abiword" and grab the packages you want. You might also want to check for additional packages that add functionality to AbiWord, like the grammar plugin (abiword-plugin-grammar) on Ubuntu. Windows users can also find packages, so if you need cross-platform support AbiWord is good to go on at least two of the big three. AbiWord packages for Mac OS X are also available, but they may be a couple of versions behind."

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