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Re: Proposal: removing libc5, altgcc and all their old-days dependencies

On Thu, 19 Jun 2003, Francesco P. Lovergine wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 10:56:32AM +1200, Philip Charles wrote:
> > xpm4.7 is needed for WordPerfect 8.  I have a mass of wp5.1 and wp8
> > documents.
> >
> That's exactly one of the old-days craps around I was pointing.
> Wordperfect 11 is now a windoze-only program.
> Also Applixware 5 (another dead product) will have problems.

I will not be the only person in this situation.  I have work I have done
in WP5.1 that goes back over ten years.

We have a lawyer here who is a GNU/linux geek who still has to use MS Word
because openoffice.org cannot handle the complex formatting of his legacy
Word documents.

What I am saying is the problem is not dead products, but legacy documents
created by these products.  Because of volume of such material it is often
not practical for someone to sit down and spend days/weeks converting them
all.  In my case it would be possible, but for others it would not.


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