Word processing is perhaps one of the most essential uses for a computer on any platform. The Linux OS offers more obscure word processors than other OSes; however, few of these apps offer users the staying power of AbiWord.
As word processors for Linux keep picking up in popularity, household names in the computer industry are getting into the act. Like Sun Microsystems, Novell and IBM Lotus are both offering word processors based on OpenOffice.org's open source Writer application, but none of these offerings is exactly alike.
The Register: "As developers await word from Steve Jobs that applications coded with Appcelerator's Titanium kit are still welcome in the iPhone App Store, the company is testing a new version of the kit for RIM BlackBerries."
The H Open: "Meeks has long contended that OpenOffice.org has failed to attract and keep individual and corporate developers due to "a half-hearted open-source strategy that is not truly 'Open'" and lacks transparency."
the Friday Blog: "I touched briefly upon OS independence when I wrote a little bit about the Q10 minimalistic word processor a few weeks ago and PyRoom, another minimalistic word processor, last week."
AbiWord, a full-featured, efficient word processing application suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks and extensible with a variety of plugins, is now at version 2.9.4 AbiWord 2.9.4 provides a great file import and export, with support for MS Word, WordPerfect, and a lot more other formats. Unfortunately, the updates for AbiWord are too few and far in between.