Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Mar 2006 18:45 UTC
Linux "As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS - such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors - such as Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker - can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format, a breeze."
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RE: Very nice utilities
by Fusion on Wed 1st Mar 2006 19:58 UTC
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Ha! That would've been useful when I was writing that 20-page term paper during my undergrad; MS Word decided to b0rk when I was on the final paragraph.

Even though I saved at 15 minute intervals, the crash left the file so corrupt that just trying to open it would cause MS Word to lock and crash again. I had no resources to recover the lost info and HOURS of work.

All the coffee in the world couldn't make up for that one!

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