[CentOS] Novell sale news?

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Mon Nov 22 18:12:38 EST 2010


At Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:10:41 -0500 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> 
> Adam Tauno Williams wrote:
> > On Mon, 2010-11-22 at 14:42 -0500, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> >> Barry Brimer wrote:
> >> >> Just saw that today. I wonder if any of those assets is the superior
> >> >(and utterly badly marketed) WordPerfect.
> >> > I thought Novell sold WordPerfect to Corel a long time ago.
> >> Maybe - I've lost track. I'm still waiting for *anyone* to actually
> >> market the damn thing - I'd *buy* it (or rather, upgrade from 6.0.c for
> >> DOS)....
> >> I'll take it over Word *or* OO.o, any day.
> >
> > It is nearly antique at this point.
> >
> Why do you call it that? What features are missing (and I haven't looked
> at a current copy in 10 years, btw). In general, I don't see *anything* I
> couldn't have done with the one from back then.
> 
> > Recent OOo has worked extremely well for me; editing complex 200+ page
> > documents with refereces, TOCs, & indexes.  I've really become a fan of
> > OOo starting in the 3.2.x series.
> >
> I guarantee WP 10-12 years ago could handle all that - most City of
> Chicago, and I think federal contracts, used to specify that documents be
> in WP format.
> 
> Besides, the files were always *much* smaller, and you could always beat
> it into submission with <alt><F3>, I think it was, and the way it revealed
> formatting... I was amazed that they didn't market that straight for
> designing web pages. AND not a single word processor or web page building
> I've seen writes them clean: both Word and OO.o write out *crap*, with
> font size and font and color and every damn thing on every single line,
> rather than only when something changes.

And I *still* use LaTeX.  *I* won't touch a "word processor" (I tried
OO *once* to create a mess-word version of my resume and it was a total
disaster).  I routinely create documents with something close to 1000 pages,
with refereces, TOCs, & indexes, etc. Way back when I've created
rather large documents with LaTeX *on a 10mhz 68000* with only 1Meg (yes
*one* meg) of RAM (this was an Atari 1040ST running OS-9/68000).  And a
40 *meg* hard drive.  Talk about small footprint software.  With
pdflatex and tex4ht I can generate PDF directly and *clean* HTML.  And
both using Makefiles with automated tools.  And TeX/LaTeX is open
source.

> 
>       mark
> 
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