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Open Source Office Suites Are Few, But Filled with Applications

Sep 18, 2009, 21:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"OpenOffice is also growing increasingly visible, helped in large measure by its pre-installation on Linux netbooks from the likes of Dell. And as we saw last week, OpenOffice.org offshoots such as Go-oo, OxygenOffice Professional, and OpenOffice.org Portable are taking hold, as well.

"Yet maybe it's because of OpenOffice.org's very domination, or perhaps it's due to the ambitious nature of building a suite, but challenges in the open source office suite space are surprisingly scarce. Action seems brisker in open source development of individual applications like word processors and spreadsheets. Meanwhile, other developers have been creating open source suites outside the office productivity realm, including suites specific to customer relationship management (CRM), content management (CM), and classroom education.

"But the open source office suites that do exist are all definitely worth a look. Like OpenOffice.org, open office offerings such as GNOME Office, KOffice, and Siag Office are built and maintained by enthusiastic development communities who firmly believe in open source benefits such as code reusability, collaboration, and customizability."

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