New AbiWord Looks Solid But Suffers from Age-Old Linux Problem

“In this age of multi-core processors and 3-D desktops, some
people still get work done on old resource-strapped single-core
machines, thanks to programs like the AbiWord word processor. The
latest stable AbiWord 2.6.0 release was unveiled last month, two
years after the software’s last stable release. Feature-wise, the
little cross-platform word processor has closed the gap with
heavyweight OpenOffice.org Writer, but it suffers from the oldest
Linux ill of all — it’s a pain to install.

“If you are used to compiling apps from source that might not
sound like a big deal. I’ve been compiling AbiWord since I started
using the editor’s 0.7.x branch in early 2000…”