Repair and recovery tools continue to be difficult for inexperienced, and often experienced, users. Most top distros come with a Live CD that allow you to boot into a desktop and also install from it. That's great, but it should be just as easy to repair an existing installation. Unfortunately it's not so easy.
Following my comparisons between OpenOffice.org Calc, KSpread, and Gnumeric I got to wondering what spreadsheets are the most popular for all you other GNU/Linux users. I started a poll that you can find here. Promote your favorite and vote.
Options include OpenOffice.org Calc, KSpread, Gnumeric, Excel through Wine/Crossover/Virtual Machine, PlanMaker, FlyCalc, Google Spreadsheet, Oleo, and SC. Of course you can also vote for Other and write-in your choice.
I have noticed that mention of Linux on the desktop seems to be building in the media, but it hasn't been clear if that noise correlated to more users actually switching to it. Based on the results of my admittedly unscientific poll, Linux does appear to be building momentum.
Updated the program versions in the database and added the new applications listed below.
Keep is the second entry in my Backing Up series. It is a lightweight app that makes it simple to create and manage multiple backups. At first glance Keep's feature set looks very solid, but when trying it out I quickly discovered some limitations that really limit its potential.
I've been using OpenOffice.org Calc for a while now, but I recently decided to give KSpread a try after getting frustrated with Calc's slow load times. It rarely bothered me on my desktop system because I have 4GB of RAM and usually leave the program open, but my work laptop runs Windows XP, forcing me to run Kubuntu in a virtual machine. Unfortunately disk access is significantly slower and memory capacity is much smaller so the Calc startup time is painfully slow. KSpread is very fast, but are its other features good enough for me to stick with it?
I've taken to writing down usability issues as I find them and found myself wondering if others are annoyed by this one. When I open an app using kdesu it doesn't use my personal settings, it uses the root settings. While I can change those by executing "kdesu systemsettings" in the Run dialog, how many new users will know to do that? And if there are multiple users on a system, one set of settings gets applied to everyone with root access even though they may prefer different styles.
It's long overdue, but I'm pleased to announce that PCLinuxOS repositories are now supported alongside Debian, Ubuntu, and OpenSUSE. PCLinuxOS is a highly regarded rpm-based distro featuring KDE.
The upcoming 2007 version is the only one I have added so far and I plan to add all future versions. If you'd like to see any of the earlier versions added as well please leave a comment with your request.