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32BitsOnline: Review of Xess SpreadSheet for Linux

Dec 22, 1999, 01:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Denton)

"As Linux becomes a more and more popular alternative OS, so has the idea of making applications for it - specifically more applications for the desktop Linux user. Business Logic brings to the desktop their new product called Xess - a spreadsheet for Linux. Another spreadsheet, you say? I already have StarOffice! To be honest, that was one of the first things that came through my head upon opening the box for Xess, as well. However, I think a standalone application like Xess has its target audience. Not everyone needs a full-sized office suite at their disposal. In fact, a lot of Linux users are happy to use vi to do their day-to-day text work and only need a dedicated app for a few tasks."

"Before we get into the features of Xess itself, there is a bit of standard information. Xess is designed to run on Red Hat, Debian, Caldera, TurboLinux and SuSE. In the kit that I received, I got a CD copy of Xess (version 4.2, standard edition), a Getting Started Guide, and a User's Guide. The Getting Started Guide gives you an overview on the basics of using Xess, some of its built-in functions, and a tutorial chapter. The User's Guide is a hefty book, and is an in-depth look at Xess."

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