August 15, 2001

Why get Microsoft Word in the first place?

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "One of the biggest drawbacks for wide acceptance of Linux, according to industry watchers, is that it does not have applications like Microsoft Word. While this surely isn't the case, I'd like to chime in and say that perhaps the vast majority of users don't need it. I remember reading a while back that Sun's Scott McNealy said that users just needed a good text editor. Since adopting Linux for my daily chores I have to agree with him. I've tried every editor in the Linux world and have settled on NEdit for my text editing needs. NEdit, like many Linux apps, does not try to re-invent the wheel; it shells out to wc for word counting, Ispell for spelling, and the list goes on."
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