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Month: November 2011

Re: [trinity-devel] KOffice Suite

From: Kristopher John Gamrat <chaotickjg@...>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 21:39:16 -0500
On Monday 21 November 2011 09:26:04 pm Darrell Anderson wrote:
> This past summer there was a discussion about deprecating KOffice. Fortunately this plan was abandoned. KOffice includes the following apps:
> KWord: Word Processing
> KSpread: Spreadsheets
> KPresenter: Slide Presentations
> Karbon14: Scalable Graphics Drawing
> KPlato: Project Management
> Kexi: Database Creator
> Kugar: Database Report Generator
> KChart: Chart and Graph Creator
> Kivio: Flowchart and Diagram Editing
> Chalk: Painting and Image Editing
> KFormula: Formula Editor
> If this suite is advertised as a personal office suite rather than professional the apps remain viable for many Trinity users. The tight integration with TDE is a bonus too.
> I hope KOffice is not removed from the Trinity line, but I am wondering how much work is involved to package the apps separately. Likely there would need to be a koffice-base package that contains all the common libraries, headers, etc.
> I seem to recall once upon a time the developers for one of the distros doing this, but my memory gets fuzzy these days. :)
> Is separate packages feasible and doable?

Every distro I've used made KOffice in separate packages. Also, if you look on the page for downloading the source code, you'll see it separated under "applications/koffice".

Awhile back during my initial switch to Linux, I remember it having poor support for MS Office. Also, I don't know if it can use more recent versions of ODF (there were a couple newer revisions to the ODF spec added to OOo/LO). The 3rd complaint is that when I used it awhile back, I don't remember seeing a way to switch it to a interface similar to OOo/LO. Whilst I'm sure people like the simple wizard that it uses, I personally don't. This would be a definite feature request :-)

Kristopher Gamrat
Ark Linux webmaster