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If You Pay for a Linux Word Processor, Is It Really Worth the Price?

Jul 31, 2009, 20:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"To be sure, many efforts at commercial word processors for Linux have faded away with the rise in popularity of free software like OpenOffice.org's Write and AbiWord.

"To cite one of the most glaring examples, WordPerfect for Linux, first launched in 1996, hasn't seen the light of day since Corel pulled the plug on it back in 2005 or so. Over the same time frame, however, many free open source word processors have either fallen out of software maintenance or disappeared entirely.

"Meanwhile, industry heavy-hitters Sun Microsystems, Novell, and IBM Lotus keep building on their Linux heritages with new releases of distinctive commercial word processors. So, too, does, ThinkFree, an innovative California-based start-up that's just added ThinkFree Mobile Netbook to its growing line-up of crossplatform suites. Haansoft, a South Korean distributor of Linux OS and word processing software, just so happens to hold a majority interest in ThinkFree.

"At the same time, German-based SoftMaker continues to perfect its commercial crossplatform suite for Linux, Windows, and multiple mobile platforms, which is available for English, German, and other human languages. SoftMaker Office 2008 also affords extensive word processing support for academic and scientific research papers and other lengthy docs."

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