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


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"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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