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NewsForge: FOSS Spreadsheet Hands-On Comparison

May 16, 2005, 05:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Rumors about the capabilities of free and open source spreadsheets are common among office software users, but not all of the rumors are backed by hands-on experience with the products. To get a better sense of the current state of FOSS spreadsheets, I installed the latest versions available for Debian: build 1.9.83 of the OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta (for OpenOffice.org Calc), KSpread 1.3.5, and Gnumeric 1.4.3-6. Some of what I found contradicts the common wisdom.

"I examined their functionality in categories meant to reflect the majority of office users' needs..."

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