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« on: February 13, 2014, 05:55:31 PM »
 

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Why was Libre Office selected for Linux Lite?

For me I only need a word processor so I uninstalled Libre Office. I installed AbiWord  because I think it is lighter that Libre Office's word processor. I found whenever I wanted to open a word document, I was asked if I wanted to use Libre Office first then something else where I found AbiWord. I have uninstalled AbiWord and reinstalled Libre Office's word processor because I figured there must be a good reason to use it instead of AbiWord.

If I install AbiWord and uninstall Libre Office's word processor, will AbiWord be updated when I update Linux Lite?

Can I change the preferred word processor to AbiWord?


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Re: Word Processor
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 09:03:54 PM »
 

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If you installed AbiWord from the default repositorys, then yes, it would automatically update when one comes avalible. LibreOffice comes preinstalled as this distro is made to attract Windows users to Linux, and we want to give them the tools that we think they might need. LibreOffice is a little heavy, but so is Microsoft Office, by a longshot I might add.
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Re: Word Processor
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 09:24:30 PM »
 

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I would also like to add that LibreOffice can be made to work quite fast with a few tweaks:
  • Go to Tools → Options → LibreOffice → Memory
  • Set the values as below
  • Number of steps = 30
  • Use for LibreOffice = 128
  • Memory per object = 10

Launching Writer or Calc takes 1 sec or less for me (using an SSD).  Launching Word or Excel at work takes quite a bit longer (also using an SSD).

I also think LibreOffice will handle native MS Office documents better than AbiWord would.
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Re: Word Processor
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 10:41:26 PM »
 

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Nice Tips Riser! I'm going to try those out, in fact I am setting them now!
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Re: Word Processor
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 11:35:09 PM »
 

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If you installed AbiWord from the default repositorys, then yes, it would automatically update when one comes avalible. LibreOffice comes preinstalled as this distro is made to attract Windows users to Linux, and we want to give them the tools that we think they might need. LibreOffice is a little heavy, but so is Microsoft Office, by a longshot I might add.
By default repositories, you mean Lite Software Center or Synaptic?

Is AbiWord lighter than just the LibreOffice word processor?

Can I change the default/preferred program to open documents from LibreOffice to AbiWord?


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Re: Word Processor
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2014, 08:55:23 AM »
 

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Lite Software Center and Synaptic both use the official repositories.  You're good there.

AbiWord is lighter than Writer since it does not do as much.

You can change the default app by right clicking on a file in the file manager and selecting Open -> Choose...  You will then be able to select what app to use for the file type, and click the Set As Default for that to become the default.
 

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2014, 11:28:16 AM »
 

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By offering LibreOffice we offer a complete, widely used desktop office suite. You will always find something that is 'lighter' but this operating system has more to it than offering the lightest possible software in each category. There are several factors that go into every decision regarding specific software selection. Cheers :)
 

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 11:31:55 AM »
 

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Can I change the default/preferred program to open documents from LibreOffice to AbiWord?

Right click on the document, Open with Other Application. Choose Abiword from the list.
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 12:12:56 PM »
 

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