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Byte.com: WordPerfect Office 2000 = Microsoft-Free Desktop

Apr 20, 2000, 23:04 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Pournelle)

"Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux is shipping. My Deluxe edition has: WordPerfect 9, Quattro Pro 9, Corel Presentations 9, Paradox 9, Railroad Tycoon II, and a partridge in a pear tree. If that isn't enough, there's also a $40 rebate offer."

"This may be worse news for Microsoft than Judge Penfield Jackson's decision. With a decent Linux box and the Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 suite you can do a good part of what you can do with Windows and Microsoft Office, and do it without a byte of Microsoft code in your system. I would guess that for at least half the PC's in the country this is more than good enough for all the work they'll ever be asked to do."

"WordPerfect Office 2000 installs easily enough with Corel Linux, and I also got it running on Red Hat 6.1 after a bit of initial uncertainty about getting a WordPerfect icon on the Gnome desktop. I presume you'd have similar experience with any other standard brand Linux. Once installed, it all works about the way you expect it to. Formatting from Word 97 comes across flawlessly. There are a few minor formatting issues associated with bringing in Word 2000 documents saved in full 2000 format. Word 2000 will, of course, save in Word 97 format, if translations are needed, but I expect all these problems to be resolved quickly anyway."

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