"One of the biggest drawbacks for wide acceptance of
Linux, according to industry watchers, is that it does not have
applications like Microsoft Word. While this surely isn't the case,
I'd like to chime in and say that perhaps the vast majority of
users don't need it.
I remember reading a while back 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
NEdit, like many Linux apps, does not try to re-invent the
wheel; it shells out to wc for word counting, Ispell for spelling,
and the list goes on."