Wow, so apparently a lot of people read that bit about Europeans smoking. Seems that most people don't know how much I tend to exaggerate about certain things :-)
Lots of flames in the AbiWord camp - me against the other 7 or so active developers. But I think that we came to a resolution that everyone can live with an be fairly happy with.
The good news is that development on AbiWord as a whole is going at a furious pace these past few months. Nothing pleases me more. Unfortunately, feature-parity between the platforms is starting to drift apart. On some levels, this makes me happy - we're using native controls to incorporate as well as possible with the native desktop environment. Of course this means that you can't load a JPEG on windows, but since we're sticking to some standards (like only storing raster images as PNGs) we're going to be fine XP, which makes me happy.