Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 14:23 UTC, submitted by hotice
KDE While most people focus on Microsoft Office and as being each other's competitors, there's a third player in this market: KOffice. While KOffice is obviously geared towards use on KDE, it's available for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNOME-based distributions as well, making it much more platform-independent than Microsoft's Office suite. Version 2.0.0 was released today, and comes with a whole boatload of improvements.
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'K' is OK
by mabhatter on Thu 28th May 2009 17:09 UTC
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I always liked the KOffice suite of apps as they felt uniquely "Linux-y" rather than trying to copy the identity of something else. It looks like they've retooled for the next 3-5 years... something even the big boys do very rarely and they're just a small team.

The biggest problem I see to KOffice adoption is that the critical mass of distros use Gnome and including Koffice is easy, but it feels "heavy" to add back in most of KDE just for the office suite.

Maybe now that KDE is LGPL a distro will step back up.. I'd like to see Kubuntu done up right and fully polished and supported for all the new KDE/KOffice features. I always felt that KDE's ability to copy practically any other OS UI kept it from getting extensive work and support for its OWN identity and that's why it gets sidelined so often in distros.

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