[CentOS] Word Perfect [Was: Novell sale news?]

C.M. Connelly cmc at math.hmc.edu
Wed Nov 24 20:00:13 UTC 2010

"ATW" == Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam at whitemice.org>

    ATW> I'm pretty sure they did have such a version; WP was the
    ATW> first 'real' word processor available for LINUX.  I ran
    ATW> it on a LINUX host and a dozen or so NCD X-terminals.  It
    ATW> worked, but I can't imagine anyone having been a fan. It
    ATW> was slow, clunky, and just ugly.

At a previous job, we ran it on HP-UX (with lots of terminal
sessions).  Over time, most everyone ended up with Windows
machines, but still with WordPerfect/PerfectOffice.  By the time I
left, there was a push to move to Word (I got out just in time!).

    ATW> And as for reveal codes... OOo has a mode that displays
    ATW> non-printable characters. Beyond that I just don't see
    ATW> the point.  OOo's document collaboration and versioning
    ATW> tools are far and away better than what I recall from WP.

These days I prefer LaTeX's reveal-codes feature, with
collaboration and versioning provided via Subversion or git.  ;-)


  Claire M. Connelly                             cmc at math.hmc.edu
  System Administrator, Dept. of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
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