I started with WP5.1 for DOS. I agree with those who assert it was the
best word processor ever. WP 5.2 for Win 3.1 was very unstable. WP 7.0
for Linux was marginally stable, and very buggy. I also bought
Applixware 3.5 or so for Linux, which has always been stable, but is too
weak on features to use for a job I need to do now. (Actually I could
have probably done the job with Applix's limited features in the time I
wasted battling with Star Office's bugs.)
Now I have tried Star Office 5.2 for Linux, and it is so unstable and is
such a struggle to get it to print, that I have given up on it.
Featurewise it is quite good. Interface is a bit disorganized and
complex, but the problem is the crashes and some serious printing bugs I
have posted in another thread. If these problems are the fault of my
Linux distro, and not Star Office, I'd like to work that all out
sometime, but I don't have time for that now.
I am now considering three alternative office packages for Linux:
Applixware 5.0, Corel WordPerfect Office 2000, and Hancom Office 1.2.
Hancom is probably not very well developed yet, but I will probably try
the eval. I have been disappointed by stability and bugs in WordPerfect
in the past, but it may be worth while now. Applixware has never let me
down, but there isn't an eval for the new version. It isn't very
expensive. Perhaps I will just buy it.
Any comments appreciated.
Christopher R. Carlen
Sr. Laser/Optical Tech.
Sandia National Labs