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osOpinion: Microsoft Word, do we really need it?

Jun 16, 2000, 06:12 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bert Garcia)

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"One of the biggest drawbacks for wide acceptance of Linux, according to industry watchers, is that it does not have applications like Microsoft Word. Well I want to chime in and say that maybe, just maybe, the vast majority of users don't need it."

"I remember reading that Sun's Scott McNealy said that users just needed a good text editor. Since adopting Linux for my daily chores I have to agree with him. I've tried every editor in the Linux world and have settled on NEdit for my text editing needs.'

"NEdit, like many Linux apps doesn't try to re-invent the wheel, it shells out to wc for word counting, Ispell for spelling and the list goes on. I can use it to write letters or program in C with syntax highlighting. NEdit is my preference but there are others like Emacs or Vim that are just as adept at handling text."

"When I was in the Windows world, Word was more of a hindrance to me than a helping hand, the paper clip didn't help matters. A simple letter took twice as long, my thoughts were on fonts and margins instead of what I really wanted to say. It got to a point that most of my correspondence was typed up in a program called Notepad+, a Notepad replacement on steroids."

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