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Linux Magazine: Corel Launches Linux Suite [Beta Review]

Aug 05, 2000, 14:38 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

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"The most intriguing detail about WPO is that the Linux and Windows versions will be identical thanks to Corel's use of WINE software, which lets you run 32-bit Windows programs directly on Linux. This is the most ambitious use of WINE that we're aware of, but our experience with the beta version indicates it may be a well-placed bet."

"It's not possible to give a fair treatment of the features in a suite of this size and maturity in such a short review. Still, for those not familiar with the Windows version of WPO, it's worth pointing out that this product is as complete as office suites get and is easily on a par with Microsoft Office in terms of breadth and depth of functionality. Almost every imaginable feature or option is present, with the (merciful) exception of Microsoft Word's talking paperclip. Some Linux users will consider this package yet another case of creeping corporate bloatware, while others will be thrilled to have a familiar product available."

"This version of WPO is still too far from finished to give it a firm rating. If Corel fixes the normal beta glitches we encountered, this product should be a very powerful and welcome addition to the Linux market."

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