KOffice Suite Release Candidate Available for Linux/UnixJul 30, 2001, 14:39 (17 Talkback[s])
July 30, 2001 (The INTERNET) --The KDE Project today announced the release of KOffice 1.1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). KOffice is an integrated office suite for KDE which utilizes open standards for component communication and component embedding. The primary goals of this release are to provide a preview of KOffice 1.1 and to involve users and developers who wish to request/implement missing features or identify problems. Code development is currently focused on stabilizing KOffice 1.1, scheduled for final release in mid-August, 2001.
Although a release candidate, KOffice 1.1RC1 constitutes the most stable and feature-complete release of KOffice to date. The KOffice team encourages all users of earlier KOffice releases to upgrade to KOffice 1.1RC1. In particular, this release is substantially more stable and feature-complete than KOffice 1.0, which was released together with KDE 2.0 in October 2000. Changes to individual KOffice components since the last beta release are enumerated below. In addition Release Notes, a list of changes since the KOffice 1.0 release, and a KOffice FAQ, are available at the KOffice website.
This release includes the following components: KWord (a frame-based, full-featured word processor); KPresenter (a presentation application); KSpread (a spreadsheet application); Kontour (a vector-drawing application f/k/a KIllustrator); Kivio (a flowchart application); KChart (a chart drawing application); KFormula (a formula editor); Kugar (a tool for generating business quality reports); and filters (for importing documents created by, or exporting documents for use with, other office suites or office programs).
The most significant improvements since KOffice 1.1beta3, the last KOffice beta release which was announced last month, occurred in KWord. These improvements include: support for Asian languages with XIM; drop'n'paste of images; and copy/paste of tables. KWord also benefited from numerous bug-fixes, particularly in the auto-sizing and auto-scrolling features. For a further list of improvements to KOffice since the last beta release, please refer to the incremental changelog below.
KOffice and all its components are available for free under Open Source licenses from the KDE server and its mirrors. As a result of the dedicated efforts of hundreds of translators, KOffice 1.1RC1 is available in 27 languages.
The following are the major improvements, enhancements and fixes since the KOffice-1.1beta3 release last month:
For a list of major changes since the KOffice 1.0 release last October, please visit the KOffice website.
Downloading and Compiling KOffice
Source Packages. The source packages for KOffice 1.1RC1 are available for free download at http://ftp.kde.org/unstable/koffice-1.1-rc1/src/ or in the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server mirrors.
Compiler Requirements. Please note that some components of KOffice 1.1RC1 (such as the Quattro Pro® import filter and the new KChart) will not compile with older versions of gcc/egcs, such as egcs-1.1.2 or gcc-2.7.2. At a minimum gcc-2.95-* is required.
Further Instructions. For further instructions on compiling and installing KOffice, please consult the installation instructions.
Installing Binary Packages
Binary Packages. Some distributors choose to provide binary packages of KOffice for certain versions of their distribution. Some of these binary packages for KOffice 1.1RC1 will be available for free download under http://ftp.kde.org/unstable/koffice-1.1-rc1/ or under the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server mirrors. Please note that the KDE team is not responsible for these packages as they are provided by third parties -- typically, but not always, the distributor of the relevant distribution (if you cannot find a binary package for your distribution, please read the KDE Binary Package Policy).
Library Requirements. The library requirements for a particular binary package varies with the system on which the package was compiled. Please bear in mind that some binary packages may require a newer version of Qt and/or KDE than was distributed with the distribution version for which the binary package is listed below. For general library requirements for KOffice, please see the text at Source Code - Library Requirements.
Package Locations. At the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available for:
KOffice is part of the KDE project. KDE is an independent, collaborative project by hundreds of developers worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop environment employing a component-based, network-transparent architecture. KDE is working proof of the power of the Open Source "Bazaar-style" software development model to create first-rate technologies on par with and superior to even the most complex commercial software.
For more information about KDE, please visit KDE's web site. For more information about KOffice, please visit KOffice's web site where you can find, among other things, information on contributing to KOffice.
Corporate KOffice Sponsors
Besides the valuable and excellent efforts by the KOffice developers themselves, significant support for KOffice development has been provided by MandrakeSoft (which sponsors KOffice developers David Faure and Laurent Montel), theKompany.com (which contributed Kivio and Kugar to KOffice), and Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB (which contributed the new KChart to KOffice). Thanks!
Trademarks Notices. KDE, K Desktop Environment, KChart, KFormula, Kontour, KOffice, KPresenter, Krayon, KSpread and KWord are trademarks of KDE e.V. Kivio and Kugar are trademarks of thekompany.com. Quattro Pro is a registered trademark of Corel Corporation or Corel Corporation Limited. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Unix is a registered trademark of The Open Group. Trolltech and Qt are trademarks of Trolltech AS. All other trademarks and copyrights referred to in this announcement are the property of their respective owners.