[lug] WordPerfect for Linux is back --- more or less

Dhruva B. Reddy bdhruva at gmx.net
Thu Apr 29 08:05:37 MDT 2004

On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 at 13:03 +0000, BOF soliloquized thusly:
> Corel has decided to "update" WP for Linux. According to the below 
> article, what has been done is to take WP8 for Linux and bug fix it. It 
> still is not as easy to use and lacks many of the features as WP for 
> Windows and is still not a ready-for-prime-time product.
> And now for the very, very clever part: Corel is marketing this as a 
> "Proof of Concept" in which the user gets to buy WP for only $29.95 + 
> $6.00 S/H. Supposedly the number of suckers, Oops, Sorry!, buyers, will 
> then determine if Corel goes on to develop a full-blown product.
> So, in essence, the user is paying for a Beta-quality product. This is a 
> degree of chutzpah that even MS has not yet achieved (although there are 
Microsoft has been charging for beta software for quite some time,
starting with Windows 98.

> those who state that every product that MS produces is Beta-quality, but 
> I, myself, would not be so unkind --- it's more like Alpha).
> I'd like to see this succeed: I am, and have been, of the opinion that 
> WP was the best word-processing program of all time. So I'd like to see 
> this work, in spite of the sarcastic tone of this e-mail.
> I'm just not sure about paying someone to test their software for them. 
> Shouldn't it be the other way around?

I wholeheartedly agree.  As an aside, I've never found myself very
productive with word processors in general, especially since I learned
LaTeX :-)


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