office apps

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Jun 7 03:57:15 UTC 2010

On Sun, Jun 06, 2010 at 01:34:16PM -0700, Chip Camden wrote:
> Does anyone have a recommendation for a lighter-weight office suite?
> OOo is such a pig.  It takes a good minute to start it up and open a
> spreadsheet.
> Short of the full suite, how about just a spreadsheet program that supports
> complex formulas and charting?  If it could also be used without X11 when
> charting isn't needed, that would make my day.

It may be a little late to ask -- but I notice nobody else addressed the

Does your OO.o replacement have to be somewhat compatible with MS Office?

If so . . . does it have to be two-way compatible?

There are options for one-way compatibility (e.g., catdoc for turning MS
Word files into plain text), but for being able to interoperate to
roughly arbitrary degrees with users of MS Office I'm not aware of
anything other than OO.o, KOffice, and whatever GNOME's using, that would
work for the purposes you described.  Maybe someone else can comment on
the suitability of recent versions of Abiword and Gnumeric (for

Ever since it essentially stopped being possible to install OO.o from a
binary package on FreeBSD for me (at least without also installing Java),
I've dreaded the day I will no longer have the venerable OO.o install
from way back when and some jackass expects me to talk back and forth via
MS Excel.  I loathe "applications" written in VBA, to put it mildly, and
only my loathing for MS Windows and MS Office has kept that ancient OO.o
install on one of my computers for so long.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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