[lug] WordPerfect for Linux is back --- more or less
Michael D. Hirsch
mhirsch at nubridges.com
Thu Apr 29 15:31:24 MDT 2004
On Thursday 29 April 2004 03:07 pm, Bob Collins wrote:
> Awhile ago I searched for a word processor that was "ready
> for prime time" and runs on linux. I didn't find any. I
> use StarOffice 7.0. It has many of the features I want, but
> not all, grammer checker and average word size to list a
> few. Does anyone know of such a word processor?
WP for Linux has a grammar checker. I don't know about average word size.
My parents used WP for Linux for years. I think it is a lot easier to use and
starts up a lot faster than OpenOffice.
> "Dhruva B. Reddy" wrote:
> > 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 :-)
> > -d
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