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LinuxPlanet: Word to the Wise... Maxwell [Word Processor]: Moving to Open Source

May 03, 2000, 14:13 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"Maxwell is the project of three programmers who initially planned to release it as commercial software. For whatever reason, they decided not to do so, and have instead released the source to their project under the GNU copyleft. The fact that Maxwell is released under the GPL, doesn't have a commercial interest standing behind it, and appears to be under active development makes it unusual among the word processors we chose to give primary focus."

"On the low end, Maxwell will likely meet the needs of just about anybody who needs nothing more than simple papers or letters. We were able to format headers and footers, though we couldn't discover how to automate page numbering. The control for line-spacing and color control of the text was straightforward enough."

"Maxwell is a word processor for those who have fairly light needs and are interested in following an ongoing project or contributing bug reports and feature requests. Novice users and people with serious productivity needs should avoid Maxwell."

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