Re: AbiWord 0.7.3 cooments

Eric W. Sink (
Mon, 26 Jul 1999 14:25:58 -0500

> Is the current version stable enough for people who know little about
> computers to use?
> Do you recommend AbiWord for a production machine?
> (yes, I know it's not a 1.0 release, but neither is enlightenment :)

I guess it depends on your needs and expectations. Another person
responded to this note with a glowing recommendation. We appreciate
the kudos, but we also wonder if AbiWord is truly deserving of such
high praise. Yet. :-)

AbiWord is still missing some very important features. It's hard to
imagine living without those features in heavy usage.

Personally, I use AbiWord for almost all of my word processing needs.
But then, I force myself to do so in the hope that "dogfooding" will
benefit the project.

As for stability: AbiWord doesn't crash very often. I did experience
a crash a couple of days ago, much to my surprise. I've written 20
page documents, and I've had 3 hour editing sessions, with no
problems. I'll confess that I wished for tables and outline mode
quite a few times during those 3 hours, but at least the app didn't
crash. :-)

Eric W. Sink, Software Craftsman
SourceGear Corporation

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