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BSD Today: Spreadsheets under BSD (part 3) -- Starcalc 5.1 and Xess

Sep 02, 2000, 15:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Smith)

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"Starcalc is bundled with the StarOffice suite. It winds up being a 65 megabyte download for 5.1 and a 97.2 meg download for the 5.2 version. Once you get the whole suite installed, I do not see any provision to strip away the rest of the office suite if the spreadsheet is all you need. The entire operation of my current computer -- an AMD-K6III-450 with 256 megs of PC100 RAM -- slowed considerably while the suite started up, but not to an unacceptable level."

"All that said, Starcalc imported the test spreadsheet well, providing all of the Excel spreadsheet functions without error. Starcalc provides a comprehensive array of statistical, database, matrix and logical functions. In addition, the user can export HTML tables and publish directly to the web. There are extensive provision for "what if" scenarios and goal seeking, based on individual cell values or calculations."

"Xess on Linux seems as good as any of the others as a stand alone, and the AIS site boasts extensive output options including Latex and HTML. Other features include math, financial and matrix functions, and the ability to develop user interfaces with their version of BASIC."

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