word processing


Forum: Apps
Topic: word processing
started by: amadis

Posted by amadis on April 25 2006,21:07
I need to run any word processor that is compatible with ms-word documents. In my pc where I have DSL (Pentium 166, 32 MB RAM, DSL HD installed) OpenOffice runs too slow.
I tried the abiword version from the DSL repository (Abiword 2.0.1) but that version doesn't seem to open my word documents at all... a lot of extrange characters appears...

Does anybody knows how to install a newer version of abiword? Or any other word processor capable to read and write documents in ms-word format?

Regards from Argentina

Posted by I went to bed very late on April 26 2006,22:50
There IS a newer version of abiword available as .dsl. It is version 2.2.7.
You 'll need updated gtk. See the readme for further information.

Posted by dare2dreamer on April 27 2006,15:50
Has anyone hacked together working spellchecking for abiword yet?
Posted by amadis on May 01 2006,14:25
Thanks for the help!
I've tried abiword version 2.2.7, but a weird problem is going on... When I open any document created with ms-word a lot of "??" symbols appears.
I didn't experience that problem when I open the same file with the latest abiword version for win.
Should I need a newer version of Abiword for DSL? Or might be any install problem with the 2.2.7 version? (I installed the gtk2 for abiword).

Thanks in advance

Posted by piccolo on May 02 2006,14:59
Also I write from Argentina. That problem was reported several times before:

< Abiprobs, utf8/iso-8859-1 >

< Abiword, can't handle documents in ".doc" format >

An unrelated question:
Have you problems using DSL with spanish keyboards?
Many people have problems with spanish, italian and deutsch keyboards.

Posted by _pathos on May 03 2006,03:22
I think only OO.org has very good MS Word support. The MS word format often changes between versions.
Posted by lovdsl on May 03 2006,03:28
dare2dreamer... re spell check

.I installed abiword.dsl..then apt-get stable aspell then apt-get stable libenchant1 abiword now spellchecks..may work for you

Posted by amadis on May 03 2006,12:03
Hi!!

Finally I got abiword 2.2.7 running fine. But don't ask me how... I just turned off my pc on friday and turned on yestarday.
But that version seems to manage the ms-word documents fine.

Regarding to spanish keyboard, I didn't have any problem. All accents and "" works fine. Still I didn't try any pluggin with the spanish spell checking. By the way I don't know yet if it's available for abiword.
I'm thinking that DSL is just great!

Saludos!

Posted by cbinusa on May 20 2006,14:30
Hi, I need to use Wordperfect on linux (heavily formatted docs) or else I will be forced to dual boot Windows. Nightmare getting WP 8.0 or 9.0 for Linux to work on Ubuntu or Suse.  Am thinking it may work on DSL, and got as far as seeing it in Elfm on the CD but clicking on the install executable didn't do anything.  Has anyone tried? Alternatively, I may put Corel OS as a dual boot on one of my older DSL boxes, all now running BOINC. Any tips on how to set that up as a dual boot? Thanks.
Posted by yangmusa on Sep. 15 2007,20:45
Quote (lovdsl @ May 02 2006,20:28)
.I installed abiword.dsl..then apt-get stable aspell then apt-get stable libenchant1 abiword now spellchecks..may work for you

I tried this now in September 2007 on DSL 3.4.2 and it no longer works.

I installed apt-get, and it found and installed aspell. However, there no longer appears to be a libenchant1 package in the Debian repository. If there is, apt-get isn't seeing it.

Posted by roberts on Sep. 15 2007,21:35
Debian recently changed repositories, stable then is now, Sept 2007 is now oldstable.

Try oldstable for both aspell and libenchant1

Posted by yangmusa on Sep. 15 2007,22:00
Thanks. I'm getting somewhere, but need a little more handholding..

I made apt active.

Tried: sudo apt-get install oldstable aspell
Result: can't find package oldstable

Ok, I was doing something wrong, so I did a little search and read apt-get docs. I edited the source.list file and commented out the current version and uncommented the oldstable entry.

Tried again: sudo apt-get install aspell
Result:
Quote
Package aspell has no available version, but exists in the database. This typically means the package was mentioned in a dependency and never uploaded, has been obsoleted or is not available with the contents of sources.list


I noticed sources.list has several oldstable entries - can I safely uncomment more than one at a time? Where should I go from here?

Posted by yangmusa on Sep. 15 2007,23:05
The complete and utter beginner's guide to spellchecking in Abiword...

1) enable apt-get
2) edit /etc/apt/sources.list comment out (with #) the stable entries, remove comment (#) from oldstable entries.
3) sudo apt-get upgrade #to update the package lists so apt-get knows what is available.
4) sudo apt-get install aspell
5) sudo apt-get install libenchant1

Hooray, you're done! It works!

Now to see if the changes persist.. I have persistent /home and persistent /opt. That should hopefully cover it? The various packages seem to be installed in several directories under /KNOPPIX - which I don't think is persistent?

Posted by roberts on Sep. 15 2007,23:25
Your number 3 need to be:

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade is something else and usually will break the system.

For persistentancy you might want to check out deb2dsl which get loaded when you enable apt in DSL. The deb2dsl script will make a .dsl extension from .deb(s)

Would be nice to have a volunteer to update the abiword.dsl extension with working spell checking by adding these additional files.



Posted by yangmusa on Sep. 16 2007,02:23
thanks for all the help, roberts! Everything now works, and it's persistent too..

So, the corrected guide for complete beginners:

1) enable apt-get
2) edit /etc/apt/sources.list comment out (with #) the stable entries, remove comment (#) from oldstable entries.
3) sudo apt-get update #to update the package lists so apt-get knows what is available.
4) sudo apt-get install aspell
5) sudo apt-get install libenchant1

If you want dictionaries other than English, now would be the time to work out where they go & install them.

Then, to get persistence:
1) which aspell # tells you where aspell is installed, needed for 2).
2) run: deb2dsl aspell # will create a .dsl of the spellchecker.

That's it. Copy the .dsl to wherever you keep your persistent .dsl packages.

Roberts - do you want me to email you the .dsl, to add to the MyDSL repository? Might help out someone else, at least if they want English..

Posted by roberts on Sep. 16 2007,02:31
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Roberts - do you want me to email you the .dsl, to add to the MyDSL repository? Might help out someone else, at least if they want English..


Sure! mail it to extensions@damnsmalllinux.org
Be sure to put the extension name in the subject line.

I will need an md5sum to verify integrity and a .info file.
Just copy an existing .info and edit to reflect your extension.

Thanks and Great Job!

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