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I use old version of abiword 1, good interface and very fast
- for some weird reasons, the abiword text-printout from my slackware9 look really bad, so I changed permissions and forbid users access
- it's much better in my bsd-box, the reason is still unknown
Until half a year ago, I always had problems with Abiword. Configuration was hard, and stability was not good, at least at my place. But this has changed a lot.
I don't do a lot of word processing, but Abiword is my favorite here.
Distribution: Pink Tie 9 (Red Hat 9 clone from CheapBytes.com)
OpenOffice is fantastic! I used it when I used to use Windows. I knew eventually I'd be going Linux and knew it was for that OS as well. I wrote a whole computer manual for my boyfriend's computer on OpenOffice's writer - including the table of contents which OpenOffice had a template for the special tabbed contents/separator pages I picked up at a CVS drugstore. swriter comes with a lot of templates, and I love the ability to export to file formats such as .pdf, and create indexes of my documents very easily. Creating the concordance for such indexes is also quite easy to figure out as well.
As for the other apps in OpenOffice, I haven't really tried them yet. Just the writer alone was well worth the very long download via dialup.
Originally posted by matador I know this is like screaming 'go USA' in Iraq but I use MS Word, since OO hasn't figured out equation editor and some other functions in word. If I wouldn't have to use MS word at school I wouldn't buy MS office, and I will probably not buy a new one.
May I suggest learning a bit TeX/LaTeX?
Best way of rendering equations and not so hard to learn its basic features.
And Abiword (and other WP too) got a TeX/LaTeX export feature, what about Microsux Word?