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AbiWord is a free opensource word processing program like Microsoft Word or Openoffice. Abiword is a light weight multi-platform word processor and is rapidly becoming a state of the art Word Processor, with lots of features useful for your daily work, personal needs, or for just some good old typing fun.

Some of the features apart from the regular features that you would expect on a a Word processor include,

Multi-Platform supporting Unix,Linux, Solaris, Windows , FreeBSD, QNX

Interoperability with ability to being able to read and write Ms Word document formats, openOffice documents, Wordperfect documents, RTF, HTML etc

Advanced Document Layout – Give your document that professional, scientific or fun-to-read look using AbiWord’s advanced document layout options

Internationalization supporting multiple languages and spell check support for more than 30 languages

Mail merge with command line support

Extensible Plugin Architecture – Add enhancements and features to AbiWord trough plugins

Install AbiWord

To install AbiWord on your openSUSE, click one of the following 1-click installer (YaST MetaPackages) based on your openSUSE version. This will automatically download the YMP file and launch YaST Package Manager.

openSUSE 11.0
1click install for AbiWord

openSUSE 10.3

1click install for AbiWord

openSUSE 10.2

1click install for AbiWord
NOTE: Click here to enable 1-click install feature in openSUSE 10.2

Click Next in the page showing Repository selected and then click Next on the page showing AbiWord package selection and click Next again on the installation proposal window. This will start adding the required repositories and install the AbiWord package and the required dependencies. Click Finish when the successfully installed on your openSUSE.
Abiword repositories abiword package

abiword proposal AbiWord successful installation
Once installed, you can find Abi Word can be found under “Application – Office – Word Processor
Abiword in menu AbiWord
Click AbiWord to start the word processor. You can see Abiword launches almost instantly compared to openOffice or Microsoft Word. There is nothing much that need introduction here, however, features like integrated Google Search, Translation, Wikipedia, Dictionary and Image Editing through GIMP can all be found under the Tools menu.

Tools in Abiword

Another interesting feature is the Collaboration. Collbaration can be using using Jabber or using direct TCP connections coming into your server or system.
jabber collaboration collaboration with direct connection
Plugins can be downloaded from here and install from Toos – Plugins menu.

Abiword plugins
A simple but easy to use, light weight Word Processor. Click here to visit the project homepage.