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What is (in y'alls opinion) the best word processor for Linux? I don't mean something to dash off a memo or two, but something that can handle large documents with multiple chapters, tables, equations, and embedded graphics. I'm currently using MS Word but would like to switch to a non-proprietary format. Suggestions?
Gotta agree with the staroffice suggestion. It is able to handle pretty much anything MS Office can, and it's alot cheaper (used to be free). If you can find a copy of the 5.2 version somewhere for d/l you ought to check it out.
Otherwise, there are several others that support all embedded graphics and such. Abiword (though I have never used it) looks like it might handle what you want.
Siag Office Looks like it might even be another good option.
I use _exclusively_ LaTeX for important documents, editing them with vi or emacs.
Ted is a great RTF processor for X. I use it for small (3 or 4 pages docs) or when I have to share work with Windows people.
I also run TeXmacs, which is a WYSIWYG (I never spell this correctly! ) editor for TeX (should try, it's great!!!).
I tried AbiWord, but it fails in Slack if you don't have glibc installed (make a test yourselves!), Siag Office is not very cool (it's interface is quite strange, but, however, it works), Open/StarOffice are wonderful, but too heavy for me (P166+32M+800M hdd). Maxwell could be great, if it compiles (the binary package the provide runs only in libc5 -- RH 5.2, f.e.).
Hancomm Office may be great, but it's commercial and I didn't try. LyX and KLyX, as Mara said, are good, but use a completely approach for edition... And LyX uses the, AFAIK, non free Xforms lib...
For large, professions documents, Tex is the way to go. (Lots of options, do it yourself, WYSIWYG editors. Standard cross platform format. Etc. Etc. I only use "word processors" for quick 1 page run offs and memos
I suggest ABI word. The old versions would let you open MS .doc files. The new versions will also let you save in .doc files. Its a quality open source solution and isn't as heavy as OpenOffice and StarOffice. Its certainly worth a try.