[K12OSN] OpenOffice Calc vs Gnumeric

Terrell Prude', Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat Apr 24 23:55:27 UTC 2004

I think that Gnumeric is a fine spreadsheet for the vast majority of 
people.  It does a decent job of opening MS Excel spreadsheets, too, 
though OpenOffice.org Calc seems to display them better.  For example, 
when opening an Excel spreadsheet with embedded Visio diagrams, Gnumeric 
doesn't show me the diagrams, but OpenOffice.org does.  Having used 
both, I find both equally easy to use.

Are you talking about for yourself, for others learning what a 
spreadsheet is, for people having to deal with existing MS Excel or 
Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets--what's our audience?  That will affect the answer.


Brian Chase wrote:

> Well, I've primarily focused my energies in Linux to server 
> capabilities, but with the applications growing ever stronger on the 
> desktop, I've been using more and more desktop Linux.  I am interested 
> in feedback on the specific comparison of OpenOffice Calc vs. Gnumeric.
> Being an experienced Excel user, I find Gnumeric a much easier 
> transition to make, many of the same icons as Excel, things I use alot 
> like the "sum" button, function button, and $ formatting in particular.
> Anybody know of good writeups of the two in a face-off?  Google 
> brought me little in this regard, except for a few kudo's for 
> Gnumeric, similar to my early impressions of the two as they stack up.
> Experiences, observations, and extreme prejudice welcome to respond.
> Cheers,
> Brian

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