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LinuxPlanet: Word to the Wise... AbiWord 0.7.8: A Promising Development

Apr 27, 2000, 17:46 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"AbiWord 0.7.8 is one of two word processors we covered that has an Open-Source license. A visit to the AbiSource website shows there's an active community of developers making continual improvements to what may be one of the most anticipated projects in Linux today. AbiWord is also a commercial endeavor, which, combined with its Open-Source license, makes it unique in the field of word processors we surveyed."

"It seems unfair to put AbiWord up against larger and finished products like some of the other commercial efforts we covered. Despite the current disparity in features, though, AbiWord shows a lot of promise. Its light use of system resources is a big plus we hope continues to be a feature as development on this project progresses."

"Users who only need to perform light correspondence are probably the most likely to use AbiWord at this point in its development. Those who'd like to use a word processor to generate HTML, saving themselves having to mark up basic HTML tags will also find a pleasant enough editor. AbiWord is also a useful tool for those forced to read simple Word documents from their Windows-using colleagues and correspondents from time to time."

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