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Linux Orbit: GNOME Office, how far along are we?

Jul 22, 2000, 20:08 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin)

[ Thanks to linuxorbit for this link. ]

"Here's a quick list of the applications that are currently associated with GNOME Office:

  • AbiWord -- word processor
  • Gnumeric -- spreadsheet application
  • the GIMP -- image editing program
  • Dia -- diagram drawing application
  • Eye Of GNOME -- image viewer
  • GNOME-PIM -- personal information manager
  • GNOME-DB -- database connectivity
Each application is in different stages of development, and as such, you'll see gaps in functionality for each depending upon the age of the project."

"To compare Microsoft Word to Abiword is a little like comparing David to Goliath in a pre-fight analysis. Sure, you have to pick Goliath, he's just so big. Which really is a good analogy. Word has become a monster on the the Windows platform. ... Feature for feature, Word is light years ahead of AbiWord as a word processor, and rightfully so. Word is a very mature piece of software (well over 10 years old). That doesn't mean that AbiWord should be disregarded outright however."

"Gnumeric is a powerful Excel-compatible spreadsheet. The current version on my system (0.56) imported an Excel 2000 spreadsheet with no problems at all, and all the calculations in the spreadsheet worked fine (See Figure B). The interface is similar to MS Excel and most buttons on the toolbars have reciprocal functions for both Excel and Gnumeric."

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