"Where office suites are concerned, Applixware Office
is one of the mainstays of the UNIX world. Additionally, it is one
of the oldest office suites available for Linux. It is also one of
only two office suites (the other being WordPerfect Office) that
require you to purchase the suite outright in order to use it.
Thankfully, they do offer a 30 day demo with some distributions.
Applixware is distributed by VistaSource Inc., a spin-off from
Applixware Office consists of several applications: Words,
Spreadsheets, Presents, Mail, Data, SHELF/Builder, Graphics, Bitmap
Editor, and HTML Author. Pretty much everything you would want in
an office suite is included, with the notable exception of a
Personal Information Manager.
...I like Applixware Office 5.0. Despite some quirks, it really
is a smart and efficient office suite. Unlike other commercial
Linux-based office suites it's lightning fast. This is due to the
fact that Applixware is native to Linux, the others are not. I
would recommend it over other suites mainly because it will do just
about anything the average user would want without tying up your
system's resources. The only real prejudice against Applixware
Office 5.0 is the price. However, when compared to its Windows
counterparts, it isn't that bad."