Many companies and users are still refusing to work with Microsoft, and some IT Consulting companies prefer just to search for another alternative. Whether you are an active user, or yet to switch from Windows to Linux platform, however you
will ever need to use a word processor application for working with spreadsheets or presentations. In short, you will need an office suite. In the world of open source long you can choose from a sufficient number of alternatives in almost every area of software. Things are different and office suites. I will use today’s article is not to compare them (this will make in any subsequent issues), but to
introduce you to native KDE office suite KOffice. I will not pretend to be exhaustive of the article, because it is so rich product features and describe them at length in one or two articles is an impossible task.
In this paper I will try to present one would say enough good office suite and briefly the capabilities of each of its individual components. I used platform for KOffice again Kubuntu 6.06.1 Dapper Drake. For one reason or another developers of this Linux distribution, extremely user friendly, felt the need to use OpenOffice.org as a basic package. Indeed, to some extent perhaps because it is familiar to many consumers, and also for Linux is available for Windows, which will definitely facilitate many of you in the transition from one to the other platform.
It certainly does not mean undermining the performance and merits of KOffice. But to go and the more serious part – the performance of individual components of the package. To get acquainted with the possibilities of KOffice, you will need to install it if you use the same distribution as me. In others it might be added by
default. Installing it in several ways – through the Adept package manager and Synaptic or through the menu, Add / Remove Programs. Once everything is in place, can begin with the presentation.
KOffice is an integrated office suite for the K Desktop Environment, composed of 11 detached applications – KWord, KSpread, KPresenter, Kexi, Kivio, Karbon14, Krita, KPlato, KChart, KFormula and Kugar, which are divided into four modules. Version of KOffice, which will use during the presentation and which is available
for download from the official repositories is 1.5.0. Currently the official site of the project is available RC1 version of KOffice 1.6. Besides that you can use any of the applications completely independently, the developers offer the opportunity of working with field Koffice, known as KOShell, can use to work with
the package a single interface. So in one window will have access to each of the modules, such as switching to resort to the left side panel. Right remains free space, which will load programs. You can run several simultaneously, switching between each of them is using a convenient tabbed browsing. From a functional
standpoint there is no difference, while the main menus and toolbars will change according to the active document. Now is the time to mention that KOffice uses the OASIS OpenDocument format as a key for all applications. That is the format used by OpenOffice.org, and the words of many experts that open standard will be one of
the most popular in the future.