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NewsForge: FOSS Word Processors Compared: OOo Writer, AbiWord, and KWord

Aug 24, 2005, 12:15 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

" OpenOffice.org receives most of the attention among free and open source (FOSS) office suites, but users shouldn't forget that free software includes at least two other word processors: AbiWord, part of a projected GNOME Office, and KWord, part of the KOffice suite. From their inception, both have been playing catch-up with OpenOffice.org's Writer. But now, after several years of development, AbiWord and KWord are both reaching early maturity. How do Writer, AbiWord, and KWord compare?

"To see, I installed the latest versions available in Debian packages: AbiWord 2.27-3, KWord 1.3.2, and the 1.9.121 build of the OpenOffice.org version 2 beta..."

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