Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 14:23 UTC, submitted by hotice
KDE While most people focus on Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org 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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2005-07-17

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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RE: 'K' is OK
by Dasher42 on Fri 29th May 2009 09:20 in reply to "'K' is OK"
Dasher42 Member since:
2007-04-05

KDE has a lot going for it, but even now, well into the 4.x series, I feel like it needs some UI polish. Gnome and OSX both seem careful to minimize the clicks and selections to get things done while KDE seems to keep imitating Windows. Oh sure, you can theme it pretty well, even customize it, but that great reusable framework perpetuates a Windows-influenced design.

So close to excellence, just noticeably not there.

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RE[2]: 'K' is OK
by lemur2 on Fri 29th May 2009 09:43 in reply to "RE: 'K' is OK"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

KDE has a lot going for it, but even now, well into the 4.x series, I feel like it needs some UI polish. Gnome and OSX both seem careful to minimize the clicks and selections to get things done while KDE seems to keep imitating Windows.


Literally just three clicks, from a clean desktop, to start any KOffice application, including the click to bring up the top level menu.

Applications menu --> Office --> KWord

http://ourlan.homelinux.net/qdig/?Qwd=./KDE4_desktop&Qiv=name&Qis=M

(The Applications menu button is the left-most icon in the panel).

Just one click required if you copy the menu icon to the desktop or to the panel or into any folder which has a folderview on the desktop.

No clicks at all if you set a hot-key.

There is a very clean UI for all the KOffice applications once they have started:

http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/krita/krita-screenshots/
http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/kword/kword-screenshots/
http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/kspread/screenshots/
http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/kpresenter/screenshots/
http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/karbon/karbon-screenshots/

Its like there is some kind of desperate competition going on to see who can come up with the most inane, and just plain wrong, criticism of KDE.

Seriously, where do people get this sort of nonsense from?

Edited 2009-05-29 09:54 UTC

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