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'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?
For years Flash has been one of the limiters that prevented many people from completely switching to Linux. Fully featured development tools weren't available and many distros don't even ship with the ability to view Flash due to it being non-free. And even when a Flash plug-in was added by the user there were still some sites that would not load because they required version 8 or higher. Adobe recently announced the Flash 9 for Linux beta to address the latter issue, but you might be surprised to know that a common application that may already be installed is capable of creating Flash presentations. I'm talking about OpenOffice.org Impress.