Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2007 22:49 UTC
Features, Office "'Siag, it sucks less!' This is the slogan for Siag Office. This and the self-effacing name for the Siag Office Word Processor, Pathetic Writer, might leave you thinking that this office suite is a mere plaything, a university student's cobbled-together programming assignment. But don't be fooled by first impressions. Siag Office is a lightweight suite of applications which might be just the right set of office tools for you, especially if you have older hardware."
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by BryanFeeney on Tue 10th Jul 2007 23:14 UTC
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I remember Siag from my first Linux distro, SuSE 5.2 back in 1998. It was pretty much the only half-way decent free office suite for Unix back then. There were a couple of "word-processors" but most of them were no better then Wordpad on Windows. SuSE came with a 60-day trial of some commerical one, called Adabas or something.

However a year or two later StarOffice became a free "non-commerical" download, and then the free OpenOffice, and it blew pretty much all the competition out of the water, including KOffice and the old "Gnome Office" (Abiword, Gnumeric and some other stuff). Despite the commendable work that's being done, it's really only of historical interest these days. Much more interesting is the new upcoming KOffice, which would appear to be a free office suite, that the average developer can contribute too (by all accounts OpenOffice's code-base is frighteningly complicated).

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