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LinuxLinks.com: Linux means Business: Word Processors

Oct 07, 2000, 12:06 (3 Talkback[s])

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"Word processing represents one of the most frequent uses of a computer in a business environment. The preparation of documents, brochures, memos and articles is a cornerstone of computing; any operating system must have a wide selection of word processing tools if it is going to appeal to the corporate market. Only a few years ago Linux was found lacking in this department, having a very limited choice of tools to use; with only the historic UNIX tools being available. For example, although LaTeX is a highly professional document preparation system it is aimed at the scientific community, and not at the corporate market. The situation has changed; there are a number of quality office suites that include word processing facilities which are a match for the popular Word."

"For a word processor to appeal to the corporate market it must have a wide support for industry standards. Star Office currently supports ODBC3, Active Data Objects (ADO), HTML, and RTF import/export support, IMAP4, XML ICAL, and CDE import/export support. More importantly, a word processor in a corporate setting must have quality import/export filters to read Microsoft's Word documents. The latest version of StarOffice Writer has vastly improved filters to read Word documents. They are not perfect but do make a good job of viewing these documents. In addition StarOffice Writer does support Microsoft Office 2000 features, OLE objects, Visual Basic for applications script preservation and more. Complicated Word documents are well handled by StarOffice Writer."

"WordPerfect for Linux requires a powerful workstation to run on. Corel recommend at least 64MB of RAM with 450MB of hard disk space. These hefty requirements are in part due to the reliance made on using Wine (an implementation of the Windows APIs). Although Wine is still considered alpha software, WordPerfect is reasonably stable. Stability of a word processor although important is not critical. WordPerfect 8 does not require the use of this Windows compatibility layer and could represent a solution where only a word processor is needed."

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