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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I wanted to give the Windows version a spin and followed the link given only to discover the site linked to doesn't even have Win32 listed as an option under its binaries section. Most people would have stopped right then and there, but I went hunting and eventually found and tried the kdewin-installer-gui...

What a joke! Look I understand that package-managers make it much easier for developers to manage code, push out updates, etc--but trying to bolt on a package-manager for Windows is just broken behavior for that platform plain and simple. I shouldn't have to sit there and try to figure out what libraries I may or may not need and whether or not the application I want is in packages A) B) or C).

I should be able to click through to download an installer and install my application. Furthermore I should be able to get everything in a lump download if that's what I want, not this retarded grab this tiny download-manager and download the application from the internet every time I want to install it! Being able to install software offline is one of the biggest advantages of Windows and it bothers me to lose it because the application developer wants to force platform inappropriate choices on the user.

As it was, I watched the installer download a bunch of random packages from the internet for awhile and then canceled the thing. I'll stick with least I know I can just stick it on a flashdrive for whenever I need it.


Edited 2009-05-30 16:39 UTC

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