Linux Word Processors

Rodolfo J. Paiz rpaiz at
Mon Jan 10 04:34:34 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2004-12-21 at 08:38 -0500, Ryan D'Baisse wrote:
> I'm trying to find a professional word processor for Linux without
> using Crossover or Wine. [...] I am downloading StarOffice v7.0 from
> Sun's site, at the moment, but do not know of a single person who is
> using it.

I use StarOffice 7, and have done so since it was released. I have been
extremely satisfied with the product, even though I routinely exchange
complicated financial models with about 30 people in various companies,
all of whom use MS Word.

The only "trick" I learned in order to obtain peace on Earth was to save
documents which I created, and which only I would use, in StarOffice
formats. Docs which I created but knew I would share, I saved initially
in MS Office formats. Circulating them then never caused any problems.

StarOffice has been enough of a success that I am close to convincing my
boss to move part of the office to Linux and StarOffice based on its
performance on my computer. I am now testing OO on FC3 and will also
test the upcoming OO2 when it's ready. However, I've been happy enough
with StarOffice that I will buy a copy of StarOffice 8 when it's
released, *just* to support their efforts even if I end up not using it.

Given my experience so far, the likelihood of my using SO8 is very high.
And my satisfaction with SO7 has also been very high.


Rodolfo J. Paiz <rpaiz at>

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