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Originally published at Quantum Matrix Scribe. Please leave any comments there.

I’ve used OpenOffice for years, because I’ve never seen the point in paying over $100 just to be able to type some words out (and, also, I hate Office 2007 and its craptacular user interface.) Recently, I just switched to a dual-boot installation of Linux, because I was noticing that Windows is really quite bloated. My current Linux install, Linux Mint 11 LXDE, is specifically design to be lightweight and not bloated whatsoever.

To that end, I’ve been trying out Abiword, which comes with it and is also designed to be fast and lightweight. I had already noticed, or at least perceived, that OpenOffice was fat, but I had no idea until I looked at Linux’s software manager:


4MB of basic word processing goodness







200MB of JUMPIN JESOPHAT!What the fark? Why is there 196 extra megabytes? This is a word processor, not a damn video game! Sheesh. Fat is right.

There is only problem I have with Abiword, and it drives me frankly nuts. And its this:

Things That Drive Me Insane And Are Not Named Cthulhu

Maybe it’s just me, but having the paper on one side of the screen just annoys the hell out of me. I haven’t figured out how to fix it yet, but I’m working on it. Until then, I’m just going to have to curse at my screen.

*sigh* Why can’t things just, you know, work like they’re supposed to?