Archive for March 3rd, 2006

apt-get install antiword

For the life of me, I cannot remember whether or not I’ve recommended installing antiword here or not. Since Linux.com is currently running an article giving ways to view Word files at the command line, I figured it’s as good as time as any to mention it.

As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS — such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman’s advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors — such as OpenOffice.org Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker — can deal with most Word files. But if you don’t want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format a breeze.

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