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Federal Computer Week: WordPerfect gets new lease on life on Linux

Jun 01, 2000, 00:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"It wasn't too long ago that WordPerfect was the word processing program of choice in many government offices. But then arch-rival Microsoft Corp. made a key strategic move when it bundled its main desktop productivity tools - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint - into a product suite called Microsoft Office. Meanwhile, WordPerfect suffered through company acquisitions, ultimately being sold off to Corel Inc., and seemingly faded into the twilight."

"But now it has a new lease on life on the Linux platform. WordPerfect Office for Linux represents a significant milestone for the Linux desktop movement in that it is the first commercially established productivity suite to be ported to Linux. As such it brings the same level of functionality and features that have come to be expected from most Windows-based products."

"About the only competition on the Linux application front comes from Sun Microsystems Corp.'s StarOffice product. Even though Sun is currently giving away StarOffice, that product still doesn?t provide all of the functionality that you?ll get with WordPerfect Office 2000."

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