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Linux Orbit: Making Linux Work in the Workplace: A Few Words on AbiWord

Jan 07, 2001, 22:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terril West)

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"It would be hard to imagine that a "workplace" could exist without a word processor. In that respect, Microsoft has certainly had its effect on the business desktop. To be considered a contender on the business desktop, you have to have an Office-like suite. And there are no exceptions in the minds of CTOs and CIOs who do the purchasing and planning. Wouldn't it be nice to have a product that wouldn't be impacted by the choice of an operating system? In that respect, AbiWord might be one of the most ambitious projects in the open source world."

"AbiSource Inc. (www.abisource.com ), developer of the AbiWord project, has undertaken the daunting task of creating a full-featured, cross-platform word processor. By cross-platform I do not mean Windows and MacOS versions with a barely supported Linux-beta-stepchild-to-everyone-else-experiment. I mean cross platform, as in a Linux version for Intel, Alpha, PPC as well as a BeOS version for Intel and PPC, and various versions for UNIX, QNX, and Windows 95, 98, and NT. They also have MacOS version in the early stages of development, though you Mac users will have to probably wait a while to get your grubby little paws on that one."

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