Is there any good, free word processors for Vista?

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  1. IceMurder

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    I've used Abi Word for XP but i saw on their site that it doesn't work for Vista. Anyone know of a free word processing program that will work with Vista?
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    OpenOffice.org. It runs on Java.
     
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    Came in here to say OOo :bigthumb:
     
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    Aw I don't think you're using any Java code if you're using it's word processor. Most people's experience with Java is that it's slow and memory-wasting, so I wanted to say that.

    ++ OOo;
     
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    Java isn't slow anymore, and OOo is good.
     
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    +1 on Open Office. The only thing I can say bad about it, is the fact that if you make templates in another program like Word, the fields don't always work like they are supposed to. But if you will be mainly using it for word processing, and don't plan on using in an office environment, it works very well.
     
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    +2 OO

    It's not nearly as good as MSOffice, but for the price, it's quite good.
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    Isn't OOo entirely based on the JVM?
     
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    Isn't Word based entirely on the .NET VM?

    Its not relevant.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    I'm just asking, douchebag.

    If OOo runs entirely on top of the JVM and still performs as well as it does, then it's very well-written.
     
  12. Peyomp

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    Incorrect. Java isn't slow anymore.
     
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    I prefer it to MS Office (which I find completely aggravating to use).

    But, in any case, OpenOffice is definitely good. The only thing I prefer is LaTeX.
     
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    If it weren't for Pages and Numbers, I would be all over Open Office.
     
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    No. It's C++. I think like Mozilla it has some fancy COM setup for itself, and it can muddle Java in anywhere it wants.

    The database app, iirc, is mostly Java. Some recent features in OOo 2 Writer are written in Java.

    This caused uproar with the free software community because Java was unfree at the time. However Sun agreed to only use features that can be run on GNU's incomplete Java VM. And now they're GPLing Java, anyhow.

    But the uproar only came with OOo 2, where their Java dependence got just that bit more major. You can still run much of OOo with no Java VM, I would think (depends if they bothered with the extra boiler-plating, sorta, I guess).
     
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    You know, quite frankly the open-source software community can take their bitching and shove it. Free isn't good enough? You have to be given permission to fuck with it too? Yeah, it's great if someone is willing to be that generous, but don't whine when someone wants to retain creative control over their work.

    EDIT: That said, thanks for the explanation.
     
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    Actually you're right, it would've been the open source community (which I oppose) Sun would've been addressing, hardly the free software community (which I support). But both communities were unhappy with OOo's use of Java.

    "take their bitching and shove it" No. How are we stepping out of bounds to bitch? It was anger that got the GNU project off the ground, look where it is now. A completely free operating system arguably capable of competing with Microsoft Windows? These communities are powerful forces, we bitched and Sun listened. Everyone's happy.

    I've rarely seen free software bitching go on without further action. Bitching at NVIDIA's non-free drivers? The noveau project is reverse engineering the cards trying to build free ones. Same with ATi's. GNU were working on a free Java implementation for a long time. If OOo went non-free (I don't EVER mean as in price here), you can bet the remaining free office suites would see more support than in a long time, and Sun's StarOffice wouldn't be much better off in the market place.

    Related: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/java-trap.html
     
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    Actually I think it was cooperation that got the GNU project off the ground. Where would Linux be without innumerable donations from companies that could otherwise have sold their technologies at a profit?

    Anger doesn't get a damn thing accomplished.
     
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    Richard Stallman was angry because he couldn't get the code for some printer driver he was trying to fix, and decided he'd begin writing a free software operating system (defining what he means by 'free software' - freedom for the user, and writing the GNU manifesto).

    Linus Torvalds may as well have been in nappies at this time.

    Anger achieves a lot. We got angry with the British tyrannizing our country, and we kicked the fuckers out. Now we're free. (pissed that we didn't get the socialist state though that James Larkin and those guys were working for)
     
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    oh my fucking god. You are pissed that we're NOT a socialist state? Now I know why I don't like it.
     
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    'We' = us in Ireland. We had magnificent socialist speakers, who led workers to victory with trade unions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Larkin
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Connolly

    Whenever I look back on our history, I can't understand why it never took off. It's what people were exciting about, beyond ridding the Brits. I've been told that it didn't take off because we never got what we wanted or apparently needed - Britain still held the north and have ever since.

    Perhaps more likely it's because of US propaganda. Everyone stopped getting excited because the American capitalists said it "doesn't work".

    You're very mature, btw. :mamoru:
     
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    Guess what, socialism barely works on paper. In reality, it fails miserably. In the end, you're left with a dictatorship and a totalitarian regime.
     
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    How can this comment have anything to do with anything in this forum? Do we really want to hear another sophmoric evaluation of socialism?

    Raise your hand if you want a new insignt into socialism.

    Fascism is the only way. Anyone who disagrees is on the shit list.
     
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    With the right guy incharge, that's what you want.

    We had some genuine socialists, and many people supported them. Just not before we broke free of Britain.
     
  25. Peyomp

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    One angry man got GNU off the ground. Without his initiative, there would be no free software movement. He recreated the entire unix toolset himself, from scratch. He was a mad genius.

    But thats so great man theory, isn't it? In any case, no Richard Stallman, no GNU.
     

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