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Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

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Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#1 Post by m_pav » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:54 am

Kingsoft Office for Linux Alpha12 Patch3 is a vary capable Office Suite for Linux with the best compatibility for Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Powerpoint files.

It's currently at alpha 12, but they call it a beta. It's download size is 145Mb and it installs without problems into MX-14, don't know how much hard disk space is used because I used the GUI to install it by clicking on the downloaded .deb file.

It opens and runs as expected, it uses a tabbed work window and when opened by clicking the menu link, the initial work window tab is filled with their "sponsored advertising" of some sort, however I guess it easily blocked by identifying the source and adding a line to your /etc/hosts file with 127.0.0.1 blahblah.com and sending the contents to oblivion if you're so inclined.

By default, Kingsoft Office saves files using the same format types as MS Office, except for powerpoint, currently it can only save them as 2003 type .ppt files, though pptx is supposed to be coming soon.

It's not open source, but it might just assist newbies to make the change to a better designed OS.
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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#2 Post by richb » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:44 am

It is also available for Android.
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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#3 Post by KBD » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:37 pm

I've been impressed with it, and it seems more intuitive for newbies than Libreoffice. I've seen it described as basically MS Office 2003. Kind of curious to see if it will become more closely tied to Ubuntu as they are making a Chinese version of their distro and Kingsoft is supposed to be a much used Chinese MS Office clone.

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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#4 Post by whell » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Somewhere I heard that this was actually a reverse-engineered version of MS Office circa 2000 - 2003. Any know if there's any truth to that?

Also, somewhere I heard that any time anyone starts a sentence with "Somewhere I heard...", most of the time what follows is BS! :footinmouth:

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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#5 Post by richb » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:40 pm

Kind of like "With all due respect....", and then you commence trash the other person.
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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#6 Post by m_pav » Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:59 am

simple answer - Wikipedia
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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#7 Post by joany » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:14 am

I've tried Kingsoft Office running with Wine and also on in Windows running in VirtualBox and was pretty impressed by it. Although I use LibreOffice, it's nice to see Kingsoft offer a Linux version of their application.

Now that there are alternatives to MS Office, it'll be interesting to see if OS office suites make inroads into the corporate desktop. MS has been using planned obsolescence for years in order to force corporate customers to "upgrade" to (and pay for) the latest MS Office version. If Kingsoft Office is essentially the same as the 2003 version MS Office, then it's pretty far behind the MS curve. It makes me wonder how compatible Kingsoft really is with the latest MS version and whether corporate clients would find it to be a viable alternative. The fact that the Chinese are moving toward OS office applications is encouraging, however.

If MS Office loses it's dominance, I wonder if Windows itself will become dispensable.
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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#8 Post by lucky9 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:02 pm

I think we are heading for an OS agnostic world. The Internet is just too powerful of a tool for Microsoft to keep their position (OS-wise).
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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#9 Post by KBD » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:56 pm

I was recently thinking how many people 'live in their browser'. The underlying system becomes less important and times goes on. Nevertheless, if MS is diminished, for powerful computer tools you will basically have Linux and Apple left. And because Linux is free and widely available I think it cannot help but move to the forefront.

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Re: Kingsoft Office is now available for Linux

#10 Post by m_pav » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:08 pm

joany wrote:If Kingsoft Office is essentially the same as the 2003 version MS Office, then it's pretty far behind the MS curve.
It's not anything at all like that. If you re-read my post, you'll find the saving files restriction only affects presentations that use the .ppt extension type, but in this regard, who really cares.

Kingsoft Office will open 2010 and most 2013 documents and have better compatibility than LibreOffice, with the one primary exception, it's not Open Source Software and secondly, it's not Open Source.
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