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AbiWord Weekly News for May 17, 2000

May 18, 2000, 19:48 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This week was a busy one for AbiWord development. Although we saw no new faces in the list of contributors this week, there were still some 17 new patches in the tree, authored by 7 different developers...."

"One of the things that makes AbiWord great is attention to detail. And that is what this week's POW is about. The task this week is to fix the assorted problems that the Microsoft Intellimouse has, on both Linux and Windows. The cross-platform nature of the this POW means that it could easily be a vehicle for collaboration. When you have finished this POW, AbiWord will be a little closer to the ideal of Just Working."

"It is this sort of attention to detail that proprietary software is unable to provide. If AbiWord was a proprietary product, its administrators would not reward people for fixing compiler warnings or adding asserts, which is what the code cleaning that Mike and I did was. They would not make compatibility with a single piece of hardware an important goal. But with open source, we all have the freedom to be perfectionists, and AbiWord is the better for it."

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