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I'm looking for a word processor similar to ABIword in functionality, with fonts, nice formating, maybe even spell checker if possable. but i dont have gnome nor do I want it. so are there any programs similar to abiword that arent gnome (or KDE) dependent?
dont even say openoffice. my computer is not fast enough for it, trust me I've tried.
I do not think that abiword is gnome dependent, despite the fact that it is now part of the gnome office group. All that means is that it has gnome extensions for those who want it. One of the configure options is --enable-gnome, which implies that gnome is not necessary or even required by default. I know that in the developer group there is discussion of the fact that it is important to keep the profile small so it can run on anything, and I would be pretty sure that gnome is not intended to be a requirement for installation. Perhaps your problem is that the RPM's you have found are all gnome dependent ... in that case I would encourage you to download the source and compile it yourself.
Sorry, stand by my abiword recommendation. How is it hard to compile? I have no problem on either RH9 or slackware 9.1 (or Suse, for that matter). I might still have a /usr/local library linked on the redhat box, but that is because I was using the glib2 abiword version back before I upgraded (sic) my 7.3 version to 9.0 and needed many additional packages. Besides, the user/development group with abiword is tremendous, if a bit less tolerant of totally stupid questions than this forum.
Does not KWord require KDE? I am pretty sure it brought this old RS6000 runing Suse 7.3 PPC to its knees.
um you must have nerver tried to compile or run ABI word.
i had it installed from a slackware package and every time i tried to run it it would be missing a library, and when I installed that library it would just rattle off another library the I need. all of the librarys were from gnome and im on a small hard drive (and even smaller partition) and i dont have space for ALL of gnome.
Actually I compile it at least monthly from CVS, more when things don't work quite right (as one would expect from CVS. That is on suse, redhat, and slackware. It used to run well on a 233 mHz RS6000 with 192 MB ram, run remotely so truthfully the X-overhead was on the local box not the RS6000. I'll double check minimal requirements for abiword, and if I get ambitious I'll put together an install package. I have been meaning to do this anyway, and if it can help someone out, it will give me impetus.
BTW, when you say small, what size are you talking about? People mean different things by this. I still remember getting my first drive > 100 MB (which cost more than today's 100GB drives).
Distribution: RH 6.2, Gen2, Knoppix,arch, bodhi, studio, suse, mint
i remember once spending an entire night compiling abiword. it had loads
of huge requirements that i had trouble compiling. this is about 2 years ago.
i think i had to download about 20 packages and compile them before
i got abiword to compile. maybe most of the stuff it needs is already
in most distributions now. anyway, thats what i was talking about when i
said hard to compile.
i don't have any trouble believing you, if you say it's not like that now.
Unless you have limited drive space, this may not be a realistic choice.
If I have the space on a drive, I follow advice I read quite a while ago and always install both KDE and Gnome. While I prefer the KDE desktop for now, there are some Gnome programs I like to use. Even if I prefered using Blackbox, these same programs would be available to me.
If you can really find a good replacement (which is what your question really is) then great. I feel I cannot always replace the programs I prefer.