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ZDNet: KOffice falls short of Microsoft Office standard

Sep 15, 2001, 00:00 (64 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)
"One of the major complaints regarding Linux as a feasible alternative to the Microsoft Windows environment on desktops has been the lack of usable, Linux-based business productivity software. In corporations, an integrated office suite offering word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software is a basic requirement. The Linux-based KOffice suite attempts to fill that void, but still has a lot of ground to cover before it can catch up with the de facto corporate standard, Microsoft Office.

KOffice is an integrated office suite designed to run on the K Desktop Environment under X Windows. Based on a collaborative effort of volunteers in the Linux community, Version 1.1 of KOffice, released in August, represents a significant improvement over the 1.0 release by incorporating four principle applications and four support programs and fixing numerous bugs.

KOffice's main applications are KWord, a word-processing and desktop-publishing application; KSpread, a table-oriented spreadsheet application; KPresenter, a presentation application; and Kivio, a flow-charting application. The support applications--Kontour, a vector graphics drawing program; KChart, a chart-drawing program; KFormula, a formula editor; and Krayon, a pixel-based image-manipulation program--allow users to edit objects that can be inserted into other KOffice applications."

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