Linked by lemur2 on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 22:30 UTC
Features, Office The Calligra Office Suite has announced its second snapshot release. The project, which is a fork of KOffice, is building a suite of productivity and creativity applications and is working towards its first formal end-user release due in October. The project is seeking feedback from end users particularly in the area of usability of the GUI. With this snapshot Calligra Office Words is claiming better compatibility with .docx than LibreOffice, and also claims to be approaching the best compatibility with legacy .doc formats.
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by lemur2 on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 04:36 UTC in reply to "GNOME"
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can iuse this on GNOME?

It isn't released yet, it is only a preview "snapshot", intended for users and developers wishing to help out in efforts to polish the GUI.

It is not due for release until October.

It has dependencies on Qt and KDE libraries. If you don't have these installed, then they will all be installed along with Calligra Office.

Having said all that, even though GNOME's support for integration of KDE applications is pretty minimal compared to KDE's support for GTK applications, nevertheless, yes, you can run it on GNOME.

Typically it will take a little longer to start than a native GNOME application, and it won't look at all like a native GNOME application, nevertheless you can run it. It won't run nearly as well and as seamlessly as it would under a KDE4 desktop, but it will run.

Be warned that KDE applications are philosophically different to GNOME apps. KDE applications tend to go for completeness at the expense of increasing complexity, whereas GNOME applications typically go for simplicity at the expense of completeness.

However, in other areas, GNOME and KDE support rival applications whose differences are more than just a "G" or a "K" at the front of the name. In many cases, the applications that support the desktops are a direct reflection of opposing design philosophies.


Increasingly, the apps for each desktop show a distinct difference in design philosophy. These days, the typical GNOME app is usable at a glance, but limited to the most common functions. By contrast, the average KDE app is less user-friendly, but as complete as the imagination of its developers can make it, often supporting a wide array of plug-ins. Where a GNOME app often looks minimalist and highly organized, a KDE app often seems cluttered and unnecessarily complex -- at least at first glance.

There's something to be said for both design philosophies. But, fortunately, you don't have to choose. Although some users prefer to use only the native apps for their desktops, both GNOME and KDE ran each other's perfectly well, aside from a lag in startup time.

Personally, I prefer to install applications that can do whatever I might (one day) want them to.


Edited 2011-06-23 04:39 UTC

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