Linux Orbit: Making Linux Work in the Workplace: KWord
Jan 24, 2001, 00:06 (18 Talkback[s])
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"People, in general, like what feels familiar, and will resist
any attempts to deviate from that. As such, KWord's layout makes
sense. It has a very Microsoft Office look and feel. Any user
crossing over from the MS world could easily pick up and go with
little effort. The icons are clear, conventionally laid out, and
consistent. One might say that the whole thing feels...
"KWord is part of KDE 2.0's ambitious KOffice environment.
KOffice is an environment comprised of several KDE Office
applications that have been grouped together under the KOffice
Workspace. KWord's development project has been supported by
theKompany, a KDE application development specialist. KWord is
currently at version 0.8, which means that most of its planned
features are in place and functional. The next couple of versions
will probably deal with stability, and boy, it could use it."
"Linux has a hallowed reputation for stability, servers have
been known to stand for years on end without rebooting. One of the
biggest selling points in any Linux pitch is the rock-solid uptime
and performance, which is why I found KWord's stability (or lack
thereof) surprising. While trying out the various features of KWord
(which there are plenty), I experienced no less than a dozen
crashes. KWord seemed to be rock solid as a regular word processor,
but when working with frames it became as tipsy as a drunken
toddler. It became quite frustrating very quickly, the KDE 2 crash
dialog and I became quite familiar."