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AbiWord's good, but OpenOffice is better for me

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 12.218.114.232] on April 11, 2008 10:11 PM
When I switched to Linux whole-heartedly over the past year, I tried AbiWord and OpenOffice and just found that OpenOffice works better for me. It's more familiar, even from the first tikme I began using it. I dual-boot my main machine between XP Pro and Kubuntu 7.10, have a box running PCBSD, another on LinuxMint XFCE, another on XP Pro, and another on XP Home (not to mention the office comp on XP Home). All have OpenOffice installed and I know I can switch documents around whenever I want and still be able to read old documents from when I used MSWord. I couldn't do that with AbiWord, though I will admit that it may have been because I didn't know what I was doing with it. Then again, I didn't have to know what I was doing with OpenOffice - it worked for me.

And I just don't understand the slow opening times of OpenOffice I read about. Just timed it on this box and it opened 2.3 in less than three seconds. That's on a single core Athlon XP 2500 running barely overclocked at 2.08 GHz.

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