"One area where Linux has traditionally lagged behind Windows is
in office software. While there are a handful of word processors,
some of which I have reviewed, for the most part the only major
office suite in Linux was Corel Wordperfect Office Suite."
"Recently, Applixware Office for Linux Version 5.0. Applixware
has appeared on the scene. It costs US $89, which is quite a chunk
of change, particularly with the "soon to be open-sourced" Star
Office looming on the horizon."
"...One feature which would probably be needed to make the best
use of this program in a business enviroment is the ability to save
items in MS Word format for loading into MS only systems.
Thankfully, Words can save in a variety of formats, including RTF,
Rich Text Format. This maintains all formatting, including fonts.
When I loaded the RTF file I had prepared it looked identical to
the way it looked in Words, so the claim on the packaging of
Applix, "Fastest, most compatible office suite in Linux" is true.
The speed is very good. I have a crusty old Pentium 166, and
while programs like Star Office run very badly, Applixware as a
whole runs very fast."