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O'Reilly Network: Living Linux: Linux Word Processing Road Map

Apr 09, 2000, 00:06 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)

"If you're coming into Linux with a Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS background, or from some other non-Unix computing environment, you probably have a notion of how you perform all the tasks that we generally group under the category of word processing. In this column, I'd like to show you the Linux way of doing things, which is a little different, but can still accommodate you and in fact expand your capabilities."

"People often complain that there isn't a word processor for Linux. While that isn't so -- even commercial favorites such as WordPerfect are available, and have been for years -- the standard personal computing paradigm known as "word processing" has never really taken off in Linux, or with Unix-like operating systems in general. The reason is because a monolithic, specialized application such as a word processor is in opposition to the generalized, tools-based and plain-text philosophy of Linux."

"But as it turns out, there are word processors available for Linux -- so before going further, I will list some to get you going, if a word processor is what you're really after."

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