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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Anyware's Words

Sep 25, 2001, 12:56 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Applixware Office and its core components fall into that odd little area of software known as commercial Linux software. There's no fooling around with GPL or BSD licenses here, folks. If you want the software, you will need to cough up the dough. This is an anathema to many dedicated free software folks, and it is likely to drive many of them away. But, whether you agree with VistaSource's strategy or not, you have to admire their no-compromise stance on this issue in a time when many software developers are pressured to open their source code.

What is a little harder to admire is the fact that you can no longer seem to purchase Words as a separate component. It used to be possible to pick up Words for $50 US. It appears that this is no longer the case. You can now only order the Anyware Desktop suite in its entirety, which runs for $99 US. Value wise, this is not such a bad deal, since you are getting all of the office suite components (Words, Spreadsheets, Graphics, Mail, Presents, Data, and the SHELF/Builder) instead of just Words. But, if you are not in the market for a full office suite this will be rather off-putting. What is also very weird is the fact that you can't seem to buy the AnywareOffice (the lite version of Anyware Desktop) either.

Words as a separate product will be sorely missed by users looking for a full-featured word processor. Because this is one of the better word processor offerings I have seen for Linux to date."

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