Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 00:48 UTC, submitted by dumbkiwi
KDE This is a response to the article yesterday on the progress of GNOME and KDE. Aaron Seigo, a lead KDE developer, sets out the current state of progress with KDE 4, pointing out that KDE 4 is on track for a release in mid 2007. "Thom points to a quote from me that our goal is to have a 4.0 ready sometime in the first half of next year. That gives us until sometime in June and I'm still thinking we can make it."
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RE[2]: Looking forward to KDE4
by jsight on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 03:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Looking forward to KDE4"
jsight
Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, to be fair, its probably for the better that people see OpenOffice.org instead.

For all of the progress that it has made (and there has been a lot), KOffice really doesn't measure up to OO.Org at this point.

Hopefully 2.0 will improve on that considerably.

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RE[3]: Looking forward to KDE4
by melkor on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 03:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Looking forward to KDE4"
melkor Member since:
2006-12-16

Just remember though that Koffice has a LOT less developers working on it than OpenOffice. Furthermore, Sun backs OpenOffice, there's no real financial backing for Koffice in a similar vein. And, probably, Sun has more information on office document compatibility in its hands than the KDE team, especially since Sun is still quite a big player in the market.

Dave

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RE[4]: Looking forward to KDE4
by smitty on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 03:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Looking forward to KDE4"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

And, probably, Sun has more information on office document compatibility in its hands than the KDE team, especially since Sun is still quite a big player in the market.

I'm not so sure about that - as far as I can tell, MS never released any info about it's closed binary formats, so both are starting from scratch. There's no question that OOo does this a lot better though. Of course, both were heavily involved in creating ODF so neither should have much of an advantage there.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"KOffice really doesn't measure up to OO.Org at this point. "

Sure it does. The majority of users will never need 90% of the features in OOo and thus KOffice will do all they need.
The only thing OOo have over KOffice is, imho, that OOo handles MS Office formats better.

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elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

"KOffice really doesn't measure up to OO.Org at this point. "

Sure it does. The majority of users will never need 90% of the features in OOo and thus KOffice will do all they need.
The only thing OOo have over KOffice is, imho, that OOo handles MS Office formats better.


Unfortunately handling MS Office formats is probably what 90% of the users need. I know I do.

I like KOffice. It's small, light, fast, integrates well into KDE, and does some cool stuff that OOo or MS Office do not (ie. editing PDFs).

But until I can interoperate with powerpoint and excel files, I simply can't use it for my day-to-day no matter how much I'd like too. And I do want to, because it's a pretty wicked package for what it does.

Hell, I'd be happy if I could interchange files with OOo2 using OpenDoc, but I can't even do that reliably.

KOffice is great as a standalone office suite, but we don't live in a standalone world. It sucks being tied to the MS-Office format, but that's a sad reality, at least in the corporate world. I have high hopes that KOffice 2.0 will improve in this area.

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