Creating and Using KSpread Spreadsheets

KSpread (www.koffice.org/kspread/) is the spreadsheet component of the KDE KOffice office suite (www.koffice.org). KSpread is installed by default on Kubuntu systems running KDE 3.5.x, but is not installed by default on Kubuntu systems running KDE 4.x (at least not at the time of this writing). KSpread provides a lighter-weight alternative to OpenOffice.org Calc as well as tight integration with the other components of the KOffice suite. This integration makes it easy to embed KSpread spreadsheets or charts in KWord documents, KPresenter presentations, and so on. KSpread has been actively under development since the late 1990s, and is a nice, full-featured spreadsheet package.

KSpread can also be installed on GNOME-based Ubuntu desktop systems, but I think that the number of people who would want to do that is relatively small. Installing KSpread on a GNOME-based Ubuntu system means that you'd also have to install all of the underlying KDE components that it uses. I've used KSpread on and off on KDE-based systems for years, but using it on a GNOME-based system is not for me, though your mileage may vary. For information about installed KSpread on Ubuntu Desktop systems, see Chapter 23, "Adding, Removing, and Updating Software."

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