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There are only three choices if you need a complete Linux office suite, and the choice for corporate production use is obvious:

  1. Open-Office
  2. KDE KOffice
  3. The Gnome Office

The alternatives are:

  • Open-Office (based on Sun Star-Office)
  • Koffice (KDE Office suite)
  • Gnome Office (Not really a suite, but a combination of Abiword, Gnumeric and other Gnome programs)

And our recommended choice is Open-Office. It's pretty obvious:

Linux Reviews has the illusion that the average user only uses about 10% of a software programs functions, being a spreadsheet, word processor, or any other application with more than four buttons. We also believe the users have their personal way of getting things done and therefore use a different 10% of the available functions. Thus, a Office Suite must have a minimum of 120% of the features a user would expect present in any of it modules. is the only free, open-source Office Suite that's there yet.

1. Open-Office

StarDivision was founded in Germany in the mid-1980s and were developing their own Office suite until they were acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999. Sun released StarOffice 5.2 was released in June 2000. Sun were kind enough to donate huge portions of the Star-Office codebase to a free software project called Open-Office and now, beginning with StarOffice 6.0, base their own office suite on the source.

Todays version of Open-Office a complete, advanced office suite complete with a Word Processor, a spreadsheet, presentation program and drawing program. has been translated to many languages, including Swedish and Norwegian. The odds that a translation is available for your native language are high. 1.1.2 Ximian KDE edition

2. KDE KOffice

KDE Office is a very complete Office suite that is, beginning with 1.3.x, getting close to being an advanced and usable Office program. It just isn't there yet.

2.1. KWord

It has a basic Word Processor that will allow you to write letters and other simple texts. But it is still missing some more advanced features, and it has some annoying bugs. If you are using the KDE desktop environment then you can make a Window Screenshot with Alt+Print and a Desktop Screenshot with Alt+Print, and immediately insert it into Kword (or other KDE programs) by pasting (ctrl-v or shift-insert).

2.2. KSpread

KSpread is a decent spreadsheet, and will probably become a very nice thing someday. As of today, anyone used to Microsoft Excel or other modern spreadsheets will simply find that too many important features are missing.

3. The Gnome Office

  • AbiWord
  • Gnumeric

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