I'm not sure how I missed this, but Corel recently announced that it would soon begin providing a personal edition of WordPerfect 8 to Linux users for free. Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux, Personal Edition will use the same file format as WordPerfect on other platforms (including Windows) and will be able to work with over 40 different file formats, including Word 97. And like Word 97, WordPerfect 8 includes on-the-fly spelling and grammar checking and sophisticated Internet publishing options.
Corel says the product will be available for free download soon. Check out the Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux Web site for more information