Subject: Re: [open-source] Sun to start charging for Star Office
To: None <>
From: Ian P. Thomas <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/21/2002 15:41:01
On Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 11:50 AM, Jan Schaumann wrote:

> Jason R Thorpe <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2002 at 03:58:10PM +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>>> there are gnumeric, lyx, abiword, etc...
>>> and there is tex
>> None of those are useful for dealing with MS Word, Excel, etc. 
>> documents.
> gnumeric reads excel to some extent, abiword reads _some_ MS Word.

	I just wanted to add that Abiword reads a lot of Word documents.  I 
had to do a Business on Paper with four other classmates.  They all used 
works and word and I, of course, used Abiword.  I never had any problem 
opening their documents and they had no problems opening mine.  I 
believe the mix was Word 97, Works, and Word 95(?).  This was months 
ago, so it is possible that Abiword's filter support has gotten even 
better.  I now do most of my non-programming tasks on OS X, so I use 
Appleworks.  It would be nice if Apple ported that to BSD.


Of course it runs NetBSD