ATTN: AbiWord 2.9.1 released!

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at
Thu Jul 7 19:32:04 EDT 2011

On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 6:31 PM, Peter Robinson <pbrobinson at> wrote:

> 2.9.x are development releases so they're not yet in an upstream fedora
> release. We use the version that ships in Fedora so at the moment its not
> much use.


I guess that is one way to see it, but there are other perspectives.

As 2.9.x represents the first development release of what will become 3.0,
now is the ideal time to begin looking at it as AbiWord is OLPC's word
processor of choice on the GNOME boot side and word processing is an
important activity to deployments.  Better to engage early and have the
opportunity to shape the direction of further development than to show up
late to the party.

Some of the key features now present in the 2.9.x series represent the
culmination of work that was done collaboratively between OLPC and AbiWord
to develop the Write activity a few years ago.  These features include
support for collaboration via Telepathy (Jabber/XMPP), so it's release an
achievement in which OLPC can share some pride with it's friends from
Collabora who contributed to making this possible.  Improved support for RTL
languages like Arabic and Hebrew made substantial gains through work on
Write and is a feature of importance to some of OLPC's deployments.  The
experiemental EPUB authoring plug-in has the potential to greatly facility
sharable content creation on the XO.

Or I suppose you could ignore it until 3.0 ships and then figure this stuff
out in a rush and be too late to have any influence or further leverage the
historical ties between OLPC and AbiWord that have so far proven remarkably
beneficial to both communities, YMMV.

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