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I like the oofice, however I voted for koffice as there were a few instances that it was able to open some old documents nicely and it is able to run on older pc's.
The lack of many buttons in the gui is actually refreshing. I find the gui very cohesive on a 800x600 display size. Ironically, and for some unknown reason, the KDE team seems to not like/consider 800x600 at design time for various other components of the KDE environment. A true programming no-no in my book, but I digress.
I also felt very "at home" with the wizards for creating calculations and equations in cells in the kspread.
Tho I think koshell could use a little less "thickness" to the vertical bar of the gui that lists all the koffice components. It leads to very little workspace in krita and the multiple cell tables/spreadsheets work; even on 1280 x 1024.
I am not at all happy that MS basic code was IMO slipped into oofice at all. In fact I found it kind of ... well interesting to put it kindly that after the MS/Novell agreement was announced that one of the Novell employee's mentioned a 'by the way' on a blog that MS code is and HAS BEEN in open office now for M$ macro support. It is on this basis that I now go with Koffice first from hereon (and disabled the MS code in oofice) in unless things go awry with koffice too. I left MS products for a reason. I'm of the opinion that even if a customer of mine cannot understand that I will not accept a word document that they are actually a possible threat and not a benefit to me. It is my belief that if they want to do business with me they can go download oofice and covert accordingly...that's it. That is how strongly I disagree to M$ code. Much to my surprise, M$ users have no problem downloading 200 meg files and clicking "yes" "i agree" "next" "next" "finish".
OpenOffice by default, I regret. This is the weakness in Linux - no decent office software.
KOffice cannot yet open one of my typical spreadsheets. Gnome Office says it has no scripting support although there are rumours to the contrary. ApplixWare is news to me and it looks as though the supplier is after corporate business.
I've tried most of the ones here, and I prefer OOo mainly because of the Maths component. That component seems to have been neglected by the developers for som time, and is rather limited in what it can do, but none of the others (except of course StarOffice) have any similar facility to quickly and efficiently produce documents containing large numbers of formulae.
I did get a trial version of StarOffice once, but I never used any of the addes extras that OOo doesn't have, so its not worth paying for extras I don't need.