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Old 02-13-2004, 08:22 PM   #1
kaltag
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Wordperfect in linux?


Good evening, I was just curious if corel ever released wordperfect for *nix. A friend of mine refuses to use star office, office, koffice or anything else. This is trhe last thing that needs to be figured out before he will make the "big jump" to linux Thanks.
 
Old 02-13-2004, 10:22 PM   #2
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"Good evening, I was just curious if corel ever released wordperfect for *nix."

During the year 2000 Corel released a version of Linux called Corel Linux. It included Corel WordPerfect Light v8. I think that you could also buy the full featured Linux version of WordPerfect for additional money. Corel's Linux product died fairly quickly. I think that you can still get the Linux version of WordPerfect at this link, but I have no idea what the quality is:

http://public.planetmirror.com/pub/c...perfect/linux/

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Old 02-14-2004, 07:18 AM   #3
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Wow!. That's stubborn. I switched as soon as I found that my file format was being squeezed out of the marketplace. The last version I used was Corel's version of bloatware known as Wordperfect Office 2000. I didn't find it as polished or as easy to use as OOo. Even making web pages was easier and more compliant than using the bundled Trellix software. I could actually hand-edit them without breaking them. But, I'm no web designer, so that's perhaps a bad comparison. I also like the fact that if I save a document, it keeps its formatting when I reopen it. My wordperfect docs always had a mind of their own. Of course, the version I used on top of DOS 5.1 was a great product, but I lost my copy of the OS.....

There's no hurry for your friend to switch. If he's used to a certain app, perhaps he should stay where he is for now. Its a shame, though, that he's limiting himself because of one application. Is it the only thing he uses his computer for? If so, there's no reason for him to switch anyways (or upgrade when his OS has a new version on the shelves...)
 
Old 02-14-2004, 08:42 AM   #4
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There's a project to add .WPD support to OOo. I never tried it, but you can find it at...
<< http://libwpd.sourceforge.net/ >>
 
Old 02-14-2004, 09:20 AM   #5
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"Of course, the version I used on top of DOS 5.1 was a great product, but I lost my copy of the OS....."

If you have a copy of WordPerfect that works on DOS 5.1 then you could run WordPerfect on DOSEMU.

http://www.dosemu.org/

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Old 02-14-2004, 08:39 PM   #6
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"Of course, the version I used on top of DOS 5.1 was a great product, but I lost my copy of the OS....."

If you have a copy of WordPerfect that works on DOS 5.1 then you could run WordPerfect on DOSEMU.

http://www.dosemu.org/

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I know, but that was back in the day. I'm talking about pre-win. When the Mac became a name (remember the all-in-one box?). I was gonna try for that one or the Kaypro II. Never scrounged up enough for either, though. The thing to remember here is that there are 100s of wordprocessors out there (and many of them don't require much horsepower - the one I keyed in from Byte magazine on my Commodore 64 had a 50000 word dictionary and it was all hex code. I think it amounted to about 40k. That was fine at the time).

I'm in no hurry to go back to those days. That copy of WP was the bomb at the time, but MS took a big chunk out of it right after. Who cares, really. There aren't too many word processors I have sat in front of that I couldn't bang out something presentable in an hour without the manual for. As long as it prints presentably, I don't really care what I use. The basic template is about the same. Just like email: you have the 3-panel outlook/pegasus/communicator/eudora look or the command prompt. Nothing else, really. Just like WinGUI/Gnome/KDE/IceWM/Finder/etc: There's a bar with a launcher off which a menu shoots. The concept is close. You can get by with a few stabs at doing something. After that, your 'feel-good' comes in.

If kaltag's friend won't switch to Linux over his word processor, I guess that's what he uses his puter for. Let him remain where he is. If it ain't broke. No need to fix it, you know. Remember, he paid for that software. Let him try to get his money's worth out of it.
 
  


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