Word Perfect in Linux?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at shellworld.net
Sat Mar 29 02:34:07 UTC 2014

Hi again Paul,
oh my goodness, may I have your autograph?  I send people to wordperfect 
universe  at every opportunity.  I could spend days noting the wisdom I 
draw over there.  frankly I just feel better knowing it exists.
Thank you for providing such deep understanding and commitment to 
Wordperfect.  Your talent and effort helps me communicate every single 
I have two questions.
First, the edition I have in a sealed box mind you is indeed wordperfect 
8  ish 
for Unix!
I tried following the link to the pdf copy of the manual but got an unable 
to connect to remote host.  I am going  to send this email to another 
and try again.
Is it possible to install WP for nix on a standard debian distribution?
One additional dos question as well.  I am seeking a Canadian edition of 
wp for dos, so the writing I do in Canada looks correct smiles.  What was 
the last wp for  dos created for Canada?
Again i echo Larry's praise.  I have still in their boxes, the copies of wp 
5.0 and the wordperfect library programs I got when I started law school.
I got hooked on wp in 1988, my first computer, and still use it happily 
today..with three copies as I said..
Thanks for your passion and commitment to  the best word processor ever.

On Fri, 28 Mar 2014, Paul Merrell wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Karl Wilbur <karl at karlwilbur.net> wrote:
>> Data from Wikipedia:
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect#WordPerfect_for_Linux
>> Detailed WordPerfect 8 installation instructions for Linux:
>> http://www.linuxtoday.com/developer/1998122101210NWSW
>> These threads have some data about why it might not be feasible:
>> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1441258
>> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=80441
> I used to own and operate WordPerfect Universe,
> <http://wpuniverse.com>. Some corrections/addenda to the Wikipedia
> information:
>> From the time that WordPerfect Corp. was asorbed into Novell Corp.
> until shortly after WordPerfect Office programs were acquired by
> Corel, WordPerfect for Unix was developed by a group of former
> WordPerfect Corp. developers under the banner of SD Corp. as a work
> for hire under contract to variously, Novell, Caldera, Novell again,
> and Corel, the last SD Corp. version being WordPerfect 8 for Unix.
> WordPerfect 8 for Linux was later issued by Corel, a scaled-back
> version of WordPerfect 8 for Unix but with a few bugfixes. Far fewer
> fonts and clipart, some optimizations for Corel Linux, a Debian
> derivative. It was distributed as a freebie with Corel Linux, also a
> freebie, about 20 million copies.
> WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux (WordPerfect 9.0) was a port of
> WordPerfect Office for Windows to Corel's own exended version of WINE.
> It was released with show-stopper bugs that were never repaired. E.g.,
> no working directory navigation in the file picker dialogs. This was
> because Corel founder and CEO Michael Cowpland was brought down by a
> stockholder's revolt and the new board promptly abandoned all
> Linux-related efforts. WPO 2K for Linux is not worth buying at any
> price, except for the approximately 1,000 high quality fonts shipped
> with it. The Corel WINE developers resigned and began the CodeWeavers
> project, producers of CrossOver, a WINE derivative optimized for
> Windows games. Corel Linux was spun off to Xandros, formed by the
> former Corel engineers who had developed Corel Linux and the operating
> system
> Later, sufficient enthusiasm within Corel was aroused to issue a new
> version of WordPerfect for Linux, version 8.1, to test the waters for
> a commercial release on Linux. Sales were abysmal, so Corel abandoned
> the project. This version had a few more bug-fixes in the v. 8
> codebase and added more fonts and clipart, albeit still far less than
> in WordPerfect 8 for Unix.
> The Holy Grail version of WordPerfect for use on Linux is v. 8 for
> Unix, although versions 6 and 7 should also serve. However, the Unix
> versions are seldom offered for sale. Watching eBay is probably your
> best bet here.
> The various releases of WordPerfect 8 for Linux are more commonly
> found. WordPerfect 8 for Linux DPE ("Downloadable Personal Edition) is
> quite arguably the best. It is still downloadable from some sites. For
> download sites and the somewhat tricky installation issues (mostly
> work-arounds for dependencies that no longer ship with more modern
> versions of Linux), see
> <http://www.tldp.org/FAQ/WordPerfect-Linux-FAQ/downloadwp8.html>.
> Regardless of which flavor of WordPefect 8 for Unix/Linux used, you
> will find invaluable the user manual for WordPefect 8 for Unix. It is
> available online. <http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/compfac/WP/wp8gui.pdf>.
> HTH,
> Paul E. "Marbux" Merrell, J.D.
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