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Old 06-08-2002, 02:37 AM   #1
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Question Best word processor?

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?

Old 06-08-2002, 02:40 AM   #2
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if you have staroffice or openoffice it would be best choice.
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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.
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Open Office 1.0 hasn't failed me yet.
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anybody suggesting kword? i didn't use it yet
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openoffice is the best call
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OpenOffice is good if you're moving from Word. But for larger documents I prefer LaTeX (I sometimes use LyX, but it's really different from editors you know...).
Old 06-08-2002, 06:26 PM   #8
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kword is still thousands of miles from being usable (not fully developed yet).

For quick memos or simple docs: AbiWord.

For more complex docs or moving from MS Word: OpenOffice or StarOffice.

Prices are right and they work well.
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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...

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I use LyX whan I'm in hurry and I need a 50-pages document from pure text (that's how I write) to pdf. It's the fastest method. If I have more time, I use joe and paste LaTeX commands myself
Old 06-10-2002, 10:21 AM   #11
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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
Old 06-10-2002, 11:28 AM   #12
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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.
Old 06-10-2002, 10:32 PM   #13
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I vote for OpenOffice Writer as well.

I'm using the pre-release version 6 (before they re-numbered to 1.0) and it works very well.
Old 06-11-2002, 04:34 AM   #14
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I use OpenOffice 1.0 at work primarily because of the M$ Office format compatibility, as almost everyone at work uses M$ Office.

I only wish it were a little faster to load, like abiword or gnumeric.

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I also would say that the OpenOffice works "best", couse as manaskb, it's the one that can handle the M$ Office format best.

If you just whant a simple word processor I would recomend abiword 2.


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