There is a fairly good alternative to MS-Excel and that is Openoffice Spreadsheet. But it is not without incompatibilities and glitches.
One example of incompatibility I found was datedif() function. It is missing in Opneoffice Spreadsheet but present in the other spreadsheet application available for Linux, gnumeric. It is a native application of gnome (the default desktop environment of Ubuntu) thus it runs faster and as far as I know it is more compatible with Excel.
Open Synaptic and look for gnumeric. Install it and enjoy it.
April 25, 2007
at 11:27 PM