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PC World: Linux Office Suites Do Battle

May 10, 2000, 08:52 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexandra Krasne)

"Office suites are like a pair of shoes. If your shoes are comfortable, you'll get where you need to go with nary a thought for your feet. But put on a pair that pinch or bind, and you'll feel it with each step. Similarly, when you install an office suite that fails to meet your needs, crashes, or burdens you with intrusive functions that you don't use, it can turn everyday work tasks into difficult chores."

"When it comes to Windows, most users reach for what's most comfortable: Microsoft Office. Linux users, however, have not had such a choice--until now. We tried on two recently released Linux suites: Corel's WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux and Applix Applixware 5.0. After walking a mile in both suites, we found that Applixware, which is native to the Linux platform, was more stable and generally easier to use, and provided most of the same features as WordPerfect Office 2000. Corel's suite, which was not written expressly for Linux, exhibited some performance flaws that made it difficult to work with...."

"Should you wish to create a file that's Microsoft-Word friendly, both suites' word processing programs let you create files Microsoft can read. In WordPerfect you can save files in native Word .doc format, while Applix can create only a Word-compatible Rich Text Format file. Both programs can open Word .doc files, but with Applixware, you'll lose all formatting."

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