"Some time ago, a new word processor came on to the scene, with
the stated aim of achieving platform independence. AbiWord,
published by the Abisource organisation, is a word processor which
is currently under development under the GNU General Public
License, and is available under no less than 8 different operating
systems. Windows NT/95/98, BeOS, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD and QNX
versions of Abiword are all available for download today...."
"To look at, AbiWord is very similar to Microsoft Word. It
includes all the common features such as an editing page, spell
checking, formatting changes, picture insertion, and many others.
You will not find as many advanced features in AbiWord as you might
find in some other word processors, but this is merely a product of
the fact that AbiWord is only at version 0.7.13."
"So what does Abiword need to become a standard much the same as
Microsoft World? It needs the open source code poets, traditional
journalists and writers out there to start using it, and telling
other people about it. It needs volunteers to help develop it. It
needs any common home user to bug-test it as the lead developers
get closer and closer to a 1.0 release."
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