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PCWorld.com: Linux Desktop Products Grow

Sep 01, 2001, 10:06 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Newton, Alexandra Krasne)
"Reports of Linux's death on the desktop have been greatly exaggerated. So says a small group of vendors at LinuxWorld Expo this week. Surrounded by scores of booths hyping everything from a "secure server-side Java platform" to "parallel supercompilers," we found several offerings proving that the dream of an open source desktop is nowhere near dead, and that users are not about to be neglected by the open source community.

KDE League Chair Andreas Pour gave a grand tour of the recently released KDE 2.2 desktop and its companion office suite, KOffice 1.1. (Most major Linux distributions ship with both packages; these new versions are free for download from their respective Web sites.)

KOffice's use of KDE's component architecture has matured to the point where Pour could show a complex chart embedded in a spreadsheet that was itself embedded in a word processing document. None of the KOffice applications are as feature-complete as commercial offerings on either the Linux or Windows platforms, but they continue to grow in power and depth. The word processor, KWord, currently lacks support for footnotes, endnotes, and hyphenation, but makes complex layouts simple."

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