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LinuxToday.com.au: Wobbly Word Processing on Linux

Feb 12, 2001, 20:49 (52 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

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"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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