Word processing is an important part of work – and not just office work; everyone needs word processors at some point. This is the first article in the series ‘Best Open Source Apps’ and here I will talk about the most popular open source word processors for GNU/Linux: AbiWord, Calligra Words and LibreOffice Writer. I didn’t take OpenOffice Writer because it is not all that different from LibreOffice Writer.
The factors I’ve considered for each contender are:
- Ease of use and intuitiveness
- Support for ODT, DOCX and PDF formats (because at times you just can’t avoid DOCX, no matter what.)
- Interoperability (how a file created in one word processor renders in another.)
Here’s what I did to test them out:
- I created a file in each of them from scratch.
- Added some headings, an image and a table, and tried to play with each of these elements, to determine the user-friendliness. (Don’t look at the contents of my file. They won’t make sense to everyone.)
- Saved it in ODT, DOCX and PDF formats and tried to open each of them in different apps. Additionally, for AbiWord, I also tried its native ABW format.