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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: An AbiWord to the Wise

Jul 03, 2001, 00:55 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

Though it's still a little rough around the edges, AbiWord has the potential to be a truly good and useful word processor, reports Brian Proffitt in the first part of his series of Linux word processors.

"AbiWord, for good or ill, has clearly positioned itself in terms of functionality against the Microsoft Word product. Not that there's anything wrong with that. After six years of putzing around with different word processors, I have generally found that these applications fall into one of three groups: Word-derivatives, WordPerfect-derivatives, and Everything Else. AbiWord falls into this first group. It is, in this stage of its life, the Dr. Fresh to Word's Dr. Pepper."

"This may not be something we want to hear, since All Things Microsoft are Evil, blah, blah, blah. But, I figure if AbiWord wants to be in this position, then its only fair to hold it up to the product its trying to emulate."

"If you don't wait for the hoary details, the short answer is: it will not be a poor imitation at all, once it a full 1.0 release is made."

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