Federal Computer Week: WordPerfect gets new lease on life on Linux

“It wasn’t too long ago that WordPerfect was the word processing
program of choice in many government offices. But then arch-rival
Microsoft Corp. made a key strategic move when it bundled its main
desktop productivity tools – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – into a
product suite called Microsoft Office. Meanwhile, WordPerfect
suffered through company acquisitions, ultimately being sold off to
Corel Inc., and seemingly faded into the twilight.”

“But now it has a new lease on life on the Linux platform.
WordPerfect Office for Linux represents a significant milestone
for the Linux desktop movement in that it is the first commercially
established productivity suite to be ported to Linux.
As such
it brings the same level of functionality and features that have
come to be expected from most Windows-based products.”

“About the only competition on the Linux application front comes
from Sun Microsystems Corp.’s StarOffice product. Even though Sun
is currently giving away StarOffice, that product still doesn?t
provide all of the functionality that you?ll get with WordPerfect
Office 2000.”

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