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Byte.com: WordPerfect Office 2000 = Microsoft-Free Desktop

“Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux is shipping. My Deluxe
edition has: WordPerfect 9, Quattro Pro 9, Corel Presentations 9,
Paradox 9, Railroad Tycoon II, and a partridge in a pear tree. If
that isn’t enough, there’s also a $40 rebate offer.”

“This may be worse news for Microsoft than Judge Penfield
Jackson’s decision. With a decent Linux box and the Corel
WordPerfect Office 2000 suite you can do a good part of what you
can do with Windows and Microsoft Office, and do it without a byte
of Microsoft code in your system. I would guess that for at least
half the PC’s in the country this is more than good enough for all
the work they’ll ever be asked to do.

“WordPerfect Office 2000 installs easily enough with Corel
Linux, and I also got it running on Red Hat 6.1 after a bit of
initial uncertainty about getting a WordPerfect icon on the Gnome
desktop. I presume you’d have similar experience with any other
standard brand Linux. Once installed, it all works about the way
you expect it to. Formatting from Word 97 comes across flawlessly.
There are a few minor formatting issues associated with bringing in
Word 2000 documents saved in full 2000 format. Word 2000 will, of
course, save in Word 97 format, if translations are needed, but I
expect all these problems to be resolved quickly anyway.”

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