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I haven't used any actual [i]suites[i] other than OpenOffice. I never bothered just because I don't see the point in paying for a suite when in two or three years OpenOffice will be just as developed as Microsoft Office. I have tried AbiWord and a Gnome replacement for OO Calc, but they just weren't as developed as OO 2.0.
I've only tried OO and Abiword, so I'm not competent to vote.
However... I have been very unimpressed with Abiword. Doing a simple document reformat on a large document, such as only changing the typeface, takes a painfully long time on an older, slower processor. On a 328 Kb text document, on a 400 Mhz PII, it Abiword takes 13-17 s. Same reformat on OO Writer takes about 1 second. Even on this older machine, OO may take a while to load, but it's still brisk to use. I think I'm about to uninstall Abiword; I don't know what it's good for.
Last edited by SlithyTove; 02-05-2006 at 02:26 AM.
I agree with btl.
I read a lot about office suits, and I personally use OO 1.5, and I'm quite comfortable with it. I use also OO 1.9, but it's only Beta and all problems are to be forgiven. I never experienced new koffice, only the koffice than came with Mandrake 8.2. Maybe improved since than. I'll try it, maybe will work OK.
2.0 was officially released eons ago (well, really, months ago). it's far, far better than OOo 1.x
Try it out. Really. You'll hate OOo 1.x once you try out 2.0!
Distribution: Fedora (workstations), CentOS (servers), Arch, Mint, Ubuntu, and a few more.
Given the features of PDF usage, Open document format, Star Office and MS Office compatibility, friendly interface, advanced capabilities, OpenOffice is my favourite. As a person who deals with quite a lot of documentation (I use good documentation habbits) I have come to experience that I don't have to rely on pirated MS Office. I work exclusively on OpenOffice.
Main enhancements I would like to see are on PDF manipulation. From my point of view, the only major showstopper is the heavy resource usage. Hope they'll fix that.
You must be nuts even asking this question. Microsoft office IS the standard. The only app that even attempts to provide it's functionality is OpenOffice. As soon as we get the subexpression substitution working in RE search and replace, the product will totally rock. I've essentially stopped using MS Office.