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Re: wordperfect 5.1 for unix, and debian?

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On 2014-12-18 00:01, Morten Bo Johansen wrote:
> On 2014-12-17 Karen Lewellen wrote:
>> I have a still in the package copy of wordperfect 5.1 for UNIX.
>> I got this because wordperfect is my main word processor on my
>> primary computer and I would welcome, if at all possible, to use
>> it  with Linux as well. Is there any reason why the program
>> cannot be installed on a machine running Debian squeeze?
> If you could somehow get hold of a copy of WP 5.1 for Dos, I used
> that with good results under Dosemu -- many, many years ago. ;)
> Morten

When WP 5.1 was the Queen of word processors it was my word processor
of choice. Some thirty years ago when I was in graduate school I used
is exclusively.  I continued to use it until the early 2000s but not
nearly as intensively.

Also in the early 2000s I started to wean myself from Microsoft.  Part
of the weaning was to move gradually to FOSS word processors, based on
the open office format (ODF) (1), especially LibreOffice and its
predecessors.  There was quite a steep learning curve, but once I
learned the ODF system I did not want to go back to anything else.

These days almost all word processors use the ODF.   Transfer of
documents between the twenty or so word processors, etc., for example
from a MS Word .docx file to a LibreOffice .odt file and the reverse,
is well nigh effortless.

I nevertheless still have Dosemu with WP 5.1 for DOS installed in my
Wheezy computer.  I can use it if I have to for access to what I wrote
way back then.

But where I need to lift texts from what I wrote in the 1980s for
inclusion in something I am writing now, I import such texts to
LibreOffice and reformat them.  Doing so I find less time consuming
than trying to remember the ways of WP 5.1.

WP still exists.  The current version is X7 which has its devotees.
It is however still proprietary, and what still exists for Linux is
the Microsoft version on top of Wine.(2)  For reasons already stated I
strongly recommend anyone still wedded to WP to convert to a word
processor using the ODF.

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument
(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect

Regards, Ken

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