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About.com: Applix Office 5.0 [Review]

Aug 12, 2000, 17:40 (2 Talkback[s])
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"For Intel Linux systems, Applixware Office for Linux requires a Pentium 166 or better, 32 megabytes of memory, and 205 megabytes of disk space (for a "typical" install). I tested Applixware Office 5.0 on three systems, an Athlon 800 MHz system with 256 megabytes of memory, a Pentium 166 MMX system with 64 megabytes of memory and, for comparison and experiment value, a 486DX/25 with 24 megabytes of memory."

"Installation itself is easy; pop in the CD and launch the "setup" binary in its root directory. If you're installing Applixware system-wide (for all users), be sure to do this as root. The installer is Gtk-based and is easy to use. However, the Applixware installer performs a small miracle which hasn't yet been duplicated by other Linux office suites: it attempts to figure out which Linux distribution you're using and then makes a suggestion about how to proceed before asking you what to do. Not only does it ask -- it asks the right questions."

"Though it doesn't have the world-class feature set and voluminous documentation availability of Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 or the mega-integration of StarOffice 5.2, Applixware Office is exceptionally fast and stable, is based on a native toolkit and includes nearly every feature the average user is ever likely to use or take the time to learn about. It imports and exports Word and Excel documents reasonably well (much better than StarOffice does) and includes some features, such as the SHELF language RAD tool and the ODBC interface, that will satisfy users in business environments. For the majority of Linux users, especially in personal use contexts, this is the office applications suite to buy."

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