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Hello. Are there any text-based word processors for Linux? What I mean by a text-based word processor is something more like WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS. I've looked around and I haven't found one yet. Thanks in advance.
well, theres vi. but that's command line. Have u tried gedit? gnome only though. I think there's something called kedit(at least I remember it from SuSE 8.1) It's not that hard to find them, what distro are you using btw? Thats important.
Ok, you're using ZipSlack, what WM are you using. (god this takes forever)
All distros should have vi/vim, x/emacs, etc. If you want to retain formatting, you can use LaTeX from within any text-based word processor, which has the added benefit of being converted to PDF, RTF, DOC, and other formats.
Do you still have a copy of WP5.1? I remember the traumatic change when the school changed from WP to Word. It was so clunky back then. If you have WP, you might wanna try running it under emulation with DOSemu. There is even a howto for it somewhere, I saw. As far as console word processors, I couldn't dredge any up either. Some of the basic text editors out there are joe, jed, and nano. Emacs might be able to do what you want.
I don't have a copy of WordPerfect 5.1; I was just using it as a reference to a comparable text-based word processor. To kaloyer, I am using Window Maker as my window manager (GNOME and KDE are both too big for me to download).
Edit: I spent some more time looking through this site and some other sites. It doesn't look like there is a console/text-based word processor in Linux. Either its a text editor + LaTeX (which looks like something worth learning), or installing a graphical-based word processor such as AbiWord, OpenOffice, or WordPerfect for Linux 8 (I'll research the best one and download it and the dependencies required for it). Thanks for everyone's responses. Now, a text-based version of AbiWord or something would be a great open source project....
ok, windowmaker, try Vim, or maybe you could try joe. it's like wordstar, so it's pretty good, you can check it out here , the slackware version will probably work on zipslack. i've used it, it's command-line based, but it's very good, you should give it a look
If you do go for a GUI word processor and you want smaller downloads, I'd suggest you consider Abiword strongly, as its got a lot of features but its quite light on the machine. Or you might want to try Ted, which is a very good RTF wordprocessor.
Linguae, I know exactly what you mean because I've been looking for something similar. Many moons ago I used Wordstar 1512 on an Amstrad PC compatible ( with a whole 20Mb on the hard drive and two 5.25" floppy drives! ) and it was great because there was absolutely NOTHING to distract me from writing! No pretty icons, no widgets to click... just basic formatting like bold and italics. If someone out there would like to take that project on, I'd be a very happy bunny...
Until that happens, I like what I've seen of Abiword but haven't done too much with it. OpenOffice Writer is pretty solid, but it is a socking great lump of a program. ( Another project for someone to take on - extract the WP functionality from OOo and offer it as a standalone program. Who actually uses the spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing tool et al? ) Joe is the nearest thing to something like Wordstar, but it doesn't have much in the way of formatting ( if anything? ).
I continue to use the UNIX version of WordPerfect8. With it you have the choice of installing it as the GUI and/or the WP5.1 style. I install both because like the above poster, I like working at a terminal for most writing.
The only problem is I have to run it on a system running RedHat6.2. It won't load on any later kernels that I am aware of.
There was also a version called WordPerfect for Linux version 8. You may be able to find it on Ebay.
I have not found WP8 for Linux hard to install. Although I have that version, I use WP8 for UNIX. I evaluated both versions some years ago, and don't remember why I continue with the UNIX version.
The CDROM cover sheet has all the information for installation. I use CUPS to set up my printer and assign the WP8 printer to one that comes close to matching what I have and then have that print to lp.
By the way, I run it on a P166 with 128M of RAM. The GUI version is run on the system monitor and the text version is run on a Wyse 55 connected to a serial port with a null modem cable. There is some setup of the /etc/inittab file necessary for this to work.
I think that if a mechanic like me can do it, anyone can.