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ingwa (958475) writes "Frank Karlitschek, the founder of the ownCloud project, blogged today about how the next release of ownCloud will contain a collaborative web office. This means that ownCloud will start to rival Google apps for real from now on. ownCloud Documents uses WebODF for the underlying technology, which means that we may finally have a free alternative to Google apps that will not upload all the data to the American authorities." Link to Original Source top
ingwa writes "The first version (2.4) of the Calligra Suite was released today. Calligra contains both office and creative applications and is the only one of the free office suites that actually have anything working on mobile platforms. Calligra is the office suite that was used as engine for the office applications on the Nokia N900 Maemo phone and the N9 MeeGo smartphone. The release of version 2.4 is the first official one and many expect Calligra to rival LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org in a few years." Link to Original Source top
ingwa writes "The Calligra hacker Marijn Kruisselbrink writes in his blog (http://blogs.kde.org/node/4521) that he has ported the Calligra Suite to Android although it's still only a proof of concept. This means that Calligra is establishing itself even more as the office suite for mobile devices. Previously it was ported to Maemo, MeeGo and included in the Nokia N9 and N950 smartphones out of the box. Noteworthy is that the port only took a few weeks and it includes a touch based interface." Link to Original Source top
ingwa writes "For some time there has been a discussion on the OpenSUSE feature tracking website about whether to make KDE the default desktop environment for that distribution. In a survey last year, around 68% of the OpenSUSE users preferred KDE and around 29% GNOME. Sebastian Kügler of KDE summarizes the debate well, and makes a strong case this is what the community wants. It would make a nice counterpoint to the way that Fedora has GNOME as the default desktop environment." Link to Original Source top
ingwa writes "Some members of the KOffice development team has announced KOfficeSource GmbH, a company that will offer professional services around KOffice and the OpenDocument Format. This will further strengthen the claim that OpenDocument is the strongest vendor-neutral file format, in contrast to Microsoft's OOXML. You can read the full press release on their website and a more community oriented article at the KDE news site." top
ingwa writes "The KOffice team today released version 1.6 of its office suite. Among other things, this release contains an improved Krita which can now handle color spaces like CMYK. This makes it the only free image editor that can be used in professional pre-press work. Together with the other improvements, this release probably makes it the best free image editor in the world. The release also contains improvements in Kexi, the MS Access like database application, and a new scripting framework which makes it extremely simple to script applications that hand OpenDocument data. With this release KOffice also surpasses OpenOffice.org in some ways, e.g. it handles over 70% of the W3C MathML test suite while Openoffice.org only handles 22%. See dot.kde.org or KOffice homepage for more information."