"Linux does many things well. But, to date, the efforts of
the entire open source world coupled with the commercial developers
targeting the Linux market have failed to create a seriously first
class word processor for professionals. No doubt this will
change with time. There are a number of promising
contenders - I've looked at the main alternatives below.
However, none of these delivers the kind of quality word
processing experience one gets when using Microsoft Word for
Windows (or Macintosh)."
"This matters. As someone who has been a professional writer for
more than 20 years and has been using word processors since their
infancy, I know exactly what I'm talking about here. Like it or
not, any realistic comparison of word processing software has to
take Microsoft Word into account. It isn't necessarily the best
word processor ever developed, actually I'm convinced it is not,
but because it used by almost 90% of all word processor users it is
the de facto standard."
"Of course the simple answer is to run Microsoft Word for
Windows using the excellent Wine program. It can be done. ...
However, though this is a useful workaround, solving lots of
problems there's something not quite right with this strategy.
Running Word under Wine delivers all the must-have features and
functionality, but ultimately the overall experience is not as good
as booting to the Windows partition and running Word in native
mode. This means I find myself wondering why I should bother
running Linux at all. So will others."
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