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Linux Orbit: Making Linux Work in the Workplace: KWord

Jan 24, 2001, 00:06 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terril West)

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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... familiar."

"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."

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