LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 05-03-2015, 05:29 AM   #1
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Rep: Reputation: 46
Calligra vs. LibreOffice


I'm running Slackware 14.1 on an oldish laptop (StinkBad T42), and I wonder if I should get rid of the Calligra and get LibreOffice instead.

Any comments?

Are there areas where Calligra much better than LibreOffice?
I understand that OpenOffice has become more or less obsolete.

At least my experience on the above mentioned machine is that Calligra is "once per boot" SW. When you close a file and try to open another one, it seems to freeze. Does it leak memory or something?

Which one is in general lighter?
 
Old 05-03-2015, 10:55 AM   #2
DavidMcCann
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London
Distribution: PCLinuxOS, Debian
Posts: 6,138

Rep: Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314Reputation: 2314
I've never used Calligra, but I did read a couple of reviews, both of which described it as not reliable enough for professional use.

OpenOffice is certainly not obsolete: many of us prefer it to LibreOffice for various reasons. Even though it's not the default for any Linus distro, it has millions of users for the Windows version, as well as the Sun version. I use OpenOffice on my Thinkpad X31 with Salix Linux and have no problems. Of course, if your Slackware is KDE, that will slow things down compared to my Xfce.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 05-03-2015, 11:22 AM   #3
Timothy Miller
Moderator
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Arizona, USA
Distribution: Debian, EndeavourOS, OpenSUSE, KDE Neon
Posts: 4,003
Blog Entries: 26

Rep: Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521
I've used Calligra a few times, and IMO, the reviews David read are correct, plus the interface is...weird. If you're not used to MS Office, Calligra might be great, but if you're used to years and years of using MS Office, Wordperfect Office, etc, it's difficult to get used to Calligra.
 
Old 05-03-2015, 12:21 PM   #4
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 46
My Slacky is Xfce too, but Calligra was there by default.

I guess OoO and LibreOffice are more stable too.

I have used OoO on a windows machine because it handles PDFs far better than LibreOffice, but maybe I had old versions? Especially LibreOffice couldn't read in PDFs to be edited (I think).
I had to edit my CV that I wrote at work with MS Office and saved as PDF.

The OoO version (Windows) is 4.1.1. I think I tried with LibreOffice on Linux, but don't remember the LibreOffice version (or the machine I tried it on).
 
Old 05-03-2015, 12:30 PM   #5
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 46
So the OpenOffice is back on the table.
Which one you'd recommend - oldish laptop, quite some docs from M$ world too.

[EDIT]
I guess I'd try OoO, but maybe LibreOffice noticeably is lighter?
[/EDIT]

Last edited by turboscrew; 05-03-2015 at 12:39 PM.
 
Old 05-03-2015, 01:10 PM   #6
knudfl
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Copenhagen DK
Distribution: PCLinuxOS2023 Fedora38 + 50+ other Linux OS, for test only.
Posts: 17,511

Rep: Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641
For best compatibility with M$, I'd still prefer the good old (commercial) TextMaker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TextMaker
"" Development of TextMaker started in 1987 under MS-DOS.
The program aims at utmost compatibility with Microsoft Word,
(adding some proprietary features like an object mode for working with frames or a simple built-in database functionality) ""

. http://www.freeoffice.com/
. http://www.freeoffice.com/en/downloa...le-office?id=1
>>> softmaker-freeoffice-697.i386.rpm , 62.7 MB
and softmaker-freeoffice-697.x86_64.rpm, 62.8 MB.

-
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 05-03-2015, 02:35 PM   #7
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 46
@knudfl: Not THAT many docs from M$ world. ;-D
(But thanks for the hint. A couple of my friends might find it useful.)
 
Old 05-03-2015, 03:20 PM   #8
knudfl
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Copenhagen DK
Distribution: PCLinuxOS2023 Fedora38 + 50+ other Linux OS, for test only.
Posts: 17,511

Rep: Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641
@turboscrew.

... And there are other advantages with Textmaker :
Small footprint, opens very fast, the new 2015 update -697 : 2 - 3 seconds.
And can do tricks that Word(2003) / OpenOffice couldn't do.
.. Like 1 line space between lines : More lines each page.
( I used that for a one page manual for some equipment.)

-
 
Old 05-03-2015, 04:34 PM   #9
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 46
Suddenly... that name "Textmaker"...
It doesn't happen to have something to do with the old FrameMaker/PageMaker?

I might try Textmaker later, but at the moment I've been wrestling with tables
(trying to make some sense about ARM instruction encodings).
And I'm working on Slackware. I don't think there is a package, and I'm not into
putting together one now. And if I don't, and if I'd like to remove it, it'd be a
PITA.
 
Old 05-03-2015, 08:08 PM   #10
knudfl
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Copenhagen DK
Distribution: PCLinuxOS2023 Fedora38 + 50+ other Linux OS, for test only.
Posts: 17,511

Rep: Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641
Re #9.

Please follow the Textmaker / Softmaker links in post #6.
To know what it is.


Slackware comes with the 'rpm' command.
And you can do : # rpm -Uvh --nodeps softmaker-freeoffice-697.<arch>.rpm
The terminal reply is :
. ........
... ... installing softmaker-freeoffice-2012-697 ################## [100]

And you have these new entries in the Menu :
>> Office > { FreeOffice Planmaker, FreeOffice Presentations, FreeOffice TextMaker }.


Removing : # rpm -e softmaker-freeoffice-2012-697


-

Last edited by knudfl; 05-03-2015 at 09:16 PM.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 05-03-2015, 08:14 PM   #11
Timothy Miller
Moderator
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Arizona, USA
Distribution: Debian, EndeavourOS, OpenSUSE, KDE Neon
Posts: 4,003
Blog Entries: 26

Rep: Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521Reputation: 1521
As a user of softmaker office (commercial version of free office), I'm fairly certain there is a package that will work with Slackware. I'm pretty sure I have it on my external drive for when I'm setting up others machines. Just FYI if you want to try it out. I will say free office (or softmaker office if you wanted to pay) has WAY better compatibility with ms office then LO or OoO. Not even funny how much better the compatibility is.
 
Old 05-04-2015, 01:54 AM   #12
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 46
@knudfl, Timothy Miller:
Yes, there seems to be rpm installed. I didn't know that.
I already installed OoO, but I think I'll try FreeOffice too.
 
Old 05-04-2015, 02:59 AM   #13
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 46
I'd still like to get answers to the original question.
 
Old 05-04-2015, 06:47 AM   #14
knudfl
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Copenhagen DK
Distribution: PCLinuxOS2023 Fedora38 + 50+ other Linux OS, for test only.
Posts: 17,511

Rep: Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641Reputation: 3641
Re #13.

Old hardware : Textmaker wins over LibreOffice.
Calligra : Never used it.
 
Old 05-05-2015, 05:29 AM   #15
turboscrew
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2009
Location: Nokia (town), Finland
Distribution: Mint, Debian
Posts: 601

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 46
I'm not totally convinced...

Code:
bash-4.2# rpm -i softmaker-freeoffice-698.i386.rpm 
warning: Generating 12 missing index(es), please wait...
error: Failed dependencies:
	/bin/sh is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libX11.so.6 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libXext.so.6 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libXmu.so.6 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libXrender.so.1 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libc.so.6 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.0) is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.1) is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.1.3) is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.2) is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libdl.so.2 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libdl.so.2(GLIBC_2.0) is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libdl.so.2(GLIBC_2.1) is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libm.so.6 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libm.so.6(GLIBC_2.0) is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
	libstdc++.so.6 is needed by softmaker-freeoffice-2012-698.i386
bash-4.2# which sh
/bin/sh

bash-4.2$ pwd
/usr/lib
bash-4.2$ find . -name "lib*.so.6" -print
./libFLAC++.so.6
./libICE.so.6
./libXaw6.so.6
./libXt.so.6
./libXmu.so.6
./libFS.so.6
./libtasn1.so.6
./libstdc++.so.6
./libxfce4util.so.6
./libkactivities.so.6
./libk3blib.so.6
./libXaw.so.6
./libSM.so.6
./libkdegames.so.6
./libXext.so.6
./libX11.so.6
./libfreetype.so.6
./libXau.so.6
./libXtst.so.6
./libffi.so.6
./libXaw3d.so.6
./libweather_ion.so.6
./libk3bdevice.so.6
./libgphoto2.so.6
./libXp.so.6
./libXdmcp.so.6
./libXi.so.6
bash-4.2$ cd ../../lib
bash-4.2$ find . -name "lib*.so.6" -print
./libc.so.6
./libm.so.6
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: Calligra Gemini Added to Calligra Suite LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 11-21-2014 03:41 PM
How to install only Writer from Libreoffice package"libreoffice-4.0.3-i486-1alien.txz just.srad Slackware 10 05-30-2013 02:37 PM
[SOLVED] LibreOffice or calligra for 14? Habitual Slackware 5 08-30-2012 01:55 PM
LXer: Build Your Business Around LibreOffice, LibreOffice Certification Program Announced LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 05-07-2012 12:10 PM
LXer: LibreOffice Tips: Inserting QurĂ¢??an text in LibreOffice Writer LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 04-16-2012 02:50 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:08 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration