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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I don't think it is a fork
by fretinator on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 01:56 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

http://dot.kde.org/2010/12/06/kde-announces-calligra-suite

"The KDE community today announces the start of the Calligra Suite project, a continuation of the KOffice project. The new name reflects the wider value of the KOffice technology platform beyond just desktop office applications. With a new name for the Suite and new names for the productivity applications, the Calligra community welcomes a new stage in the development of free productivity and creativity applications for desktop and mobile devices."

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RE: I don't think it is a fork
by rob_mx on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 03:21 in reply to "I don't think it is a fork"
rob_mx Member since:
2005-08-04

I think it is. Look at the comments in that link. And you can take a look at koffice.org, there is a blog entry about the different directions that developers were having. And because of that, they had to fork koffice into calligra.

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RE: I don't think it is a fork
by lemur2 on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 03:24 in reply to "I don't think it is a fork"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

http://dot.kde.org/2010/12/06/kde-announces-calligra-suite "The KDE community today announces the start of the Calligra Suite project, a continuation of the KOffice project. The new name reflects the wider value of the KOffice technology platform beyond just desktop office applications. With a new name for the Suite and new names for the productivity applications, the Calligra community welcomes a new stage in the development of free productivity and creativity applications for desktop and mobile devices."


It depends, I suppose, on your definition of the word, and on your viewpoint.

Certainly it has been called a fork.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODg4NQ

http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2010/12/rose-by-any-other-name.html

So, let's start with some facts: KOffice has experienced an internal fork and in the process has been renamed "Calligra". The fork itself came about through unresolved differences between a member of the KOffice team and the rest of the members over how to manage both long term targets and day-to-day development. This eventually resulted in people coming to the conclusion that those differences were not only unresolved but also unresolvable. To call a one person schism a fork may seem a bit overly dramatic, but that's certainly how it felt to those involved and was not a triviality. Coming to a fork, the rest of the KOffice team took the opportunity of change to rethink various aspects, including the name.


Apparently it was a fork caused by only one person, but it was still enough to call it a fork.

Edited 2011-06-23 03:39 UTC

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RE: I don't think it is a fork
by lemur2 on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 12:50 in reply to "I don't think it is a fork"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

http://dot.kde.org/2010/12/06/kde-announces-calligra-suite

"The KDE community today announces the start of the Calligra Suite project, a continuation of the KOffice project. The new name reflects the wider value of the KOffice technology platform beyond just desktop office applications. With a new name for the Suite and new names for the productivity applications, the Calligra community welcomes a new stage in the development of free productivity and creativity applications for desktop and mobile devices."


I think the best indication right now of the "split personality" schizophrenic nature of Calligra/KOffice can be seen on the download page for KOffice.

http://userbase.kde.org/KOffice/Download

Warning

There are two similar office suites, KOffice and Calligra, which originate from the same base but have separate development tracks. For each download, therefore, two links are given. Please take care to select the appropriate one for your office installation


Note

At the moment there is no agreement that after KOffice 2.3 series there will be subsequent releases of software called KOffice and who will develop it. Neither git repository called koffice nor calligra at git.kde.org is 100% official successor of the 2.3 series at the moment.


Note

Users interested in Kexi, Krita or KPlato application should be aware that after releasing them within KOffice 2.3 series these applications are developed by the same authors within the Calligra suite (moreover KPlato has been renamed to Plan). Thus, there will be no upgrade option for these applications within KOffice after series 2.3, regardless of the settlement on the continuation of KOffice.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

OK guys, I guess sort of a special fork, aka Spork.

BTW, I really wish the project(s) a lot of success. As mentioned previously, perhaps the engine could be interfaced to the web creating a Google Docs like experience.

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