About AbiWord

The Beginning

Like most Open Source projects, AbiWord started as a cathedral, but has become more like a bazaar. AbiWord is part of a larger project known as AbiSource, which was started by the SourceGear Corporation. The goal of the project was the development of a cross-platform, Open Source office suite beginning with AbiWord, the project's word processor.

SourceGear released the source code to AbiWord and a developer community quickly formed around the project. SourceGear has since then stopped working on the project.

The developer community has since then continued to make improvements and increase the quality of AbiWord. Version 1.0 was released in April 2002, followed by Version 2.0 in September 2003, 2.2 in December 2004 and 2.4 in September 2005.

What Makes AbiWord Different?

AbiWord is unique among word processors in its drive to become a fully cross-platform word processor. Our source code is carefully written so that AbiWord will run on virtually any operating system with a minimum of time spent on porting. This combined with our support for internationalization (the ability to run AbiWord in many languages) gives AbiWord a massive potential user-base.

Currently we run on most UNIX systems, Windows 95 and later, QNX Neutrino 6.2. We also have a MacOS X native port available. There used to be a BeOS port, but that version has been unmaintained for too long and support for it has been discontinued.

About Our Web Site

Our server machine is an Intel Pentium 4, running the slightly customized Fedora 7 operating system. It is almost completely paid for by our AbiWord Donation Fund; we highly appreciate the donations made by people from all around the world!

Up to this day the server has proven to be highly stable, and provides grudging use of cvs, lxr, bugzilla and the like, along with this website and mailing-lists. Its canonical name is abiword.snt.utwente.nl.

Our server is hosted by the University of Twente. We greatly appreciate their generosity.

We use Apache as our web server. We also use PHP to enhance our pages, and MySQL as a database back-end to our site content.