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LinuxPlanet: Suites for the Sweet: GNOME Office

Jun 06, 2000, 13:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"At the moment, GNOME Office isn't distributed as a whole. Parts of it are standard with the GNOME distribution itself, and others must be retrieved individually. The GNOME Office home page at http://www.gnome.org/gnome-office/ provides links to each of the elements of the suite. The software carried under the GNOME Office umbrella includes:

  • AbiWord: AbiSource's open source word processor
  • Gnumeric: a spreadsheet
  • Dia: a structured diagram editor
  • The GIMP: the popular image editing program
  • Eye of GNOME (EOG): an image viewer
  • GNOME-PIM: a calendar and address book offering Palm device connectivity
  • GNOME-DB: a collection of tools for database access"
"...GNOME Office is much more of a theme and a promise for solid integration than it is a fully realized suite. It's not something traditional office suite users wandering in from the Microsoft Office-dominated corporate desktop are going to feel particularly at home with."

"On the other hand, there's an underlying spirit to the efforts being combined to produce a functional GNOME desktop that we can't ignore. We're still believers in the UNIX mantra of small, reusable tools. We believe that GNOME Office, once it gels with Bonobo's integration, will honor this philosophy and provide users with a comfortable and fast office environment that resides easily within the overall GNOME framework."

"GNOME Office is an interesting take on the largely marketing-driven notion of an office suite, and one we're interested in following."

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