17 Free & Best Office Suite for Linux

One of the best and secure operating systems in the world of computers is Linux. However, one cannot conquer and utilize it to the optimum level with just the basic coding operations. To help the user with all their needs, the brilliant minds of the world have developed the best office suite to assist the user.

So in this article we’re going to share with your some of the free & best Office Suite for Linux.

1. Applixware

Applixware for linux

Known to be the first graphical office suite for this platform, it provides real time solution to all the offices related queries. It comprises of a word processor, database interfacing capabilities, vector graphic tools and much more. A trial version of this suite is available for free.

2. CalligraSuite

Calligra_Suite for linux

To support the (KDE) Kool Desktop Environment, this particular office was born from KOffice. Apart from the basic tools, it consists of an e-book authoring tool, digital painter and plenty more. Though it has a weak word processor, it can import documents from Microsoft word.

3. Yozo Office

Yozo_Office for linux

Renamed as Yozo, this is a proprietary office suite. It is a small package which consists of the word, spreadsheet and a power-point presentation. In addition to the above, there is a PDF reader. There are tons of tools within each program that will help the user with their problems.

4. GNOME

gnome office

This particular office is developed using C++ and it is available in various languages. In addition to the basic pack, it consists of an email client, a PDF reader, project manager and plenty more. However, it can be effectively used in a GNOME environment and hence is considered as a powerful tool in a localized system.

5. IBM Lotus Symphony

IBM Lotus Symphony for linux

Distributed as a freeware, this suite can read documents which belong to both the Open Office and Microsoft office. Apart from this, the suite comes with a browser based on Firefox.

6. Libre Office

libreoffice for linux

Written using C++, Java and Python, this office was born from Open Office. Apart from the word, spreadsheet and the slide creator, it consists of a math formula writer which helps in defining functions and incorporating them in other applications. Provided as the default office suite for Linux it is available in 114 languages.

7. Open Office

Open Office for linux

Also known as the Apache Open Office, it is an open source suite. Updated to import files from Microsoft office, this suite creates documents in ODF format. With a powerful word processor, it is on par with some of the best office suites throughout all platforms.

8. Soft Maker Office

SoftMaker Office for Linux

Developed in Germany this office suite is available in the professional package as well. Apart from the VBA-like tool, it also provides dictionaries. This makes it easy to identify errors in the integrated TextMaker, PlanMaker and the presentation maker.

9. StarOffice

StarOffice for linux

Released as a proprietary office suite, this office is one amongst the best. Equipped with several programs like HTML editor, web browser, email client and plenty more, it was later discontinued to support the open source community.

10. ThinkFree Office

thinkfree for linux

Written in Java, this suite is popular with its online version. Compatible to read Microsoft office documents directly from the cloud this is one of the budding suites of the era.

11. Siag Office

siag office for linux

Tightly integrated, free office package. It consists of the spreadsheet Siag, the word processor PW, the animation program Egon, the text editor XedPlus, the file manager Xfiler and the previewer Gvu.

12. Scribus

scribus for linux

Freeware desktop publishing tool, based on the free Qt toolkit. This office suite is specially designed for layout, typesetting and to prepare files for professional quality image. You can also create interactive PDF & animated forms and presentations.

13. Google Docs

Google Docs

It’s one of the best and simple web based office suite from Google.

14. Go-oo

Go-oo for linux

Another open source office suite derived from OpenOffice.org. One thing which I liked about this Linux tool is, that it needs very low memory requirement with lots of additional feature benefits.

15. Zoho Office Suite

Zoho Office Suite for linux

Web based office tool, aim to provide a comprehensive suite of application. Its offering lots of applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, general business software and much more.

16. Kingsoft Office Suite

Kingsoft Office Suite  for linux

It’s also known as, WPS Office in China. Like other office suites it components include Kingsoft Writer, Kingsoft Presentation and Kingsoft Spreadsheet.

17. SSuite Office

ssuite for linux

Awesome office suite designed specially¬† to make work more easier at home and office. Its featuring enhanced interfaces with simple visual design and easy use, which can go head-to-head with Microsoft’s Office.

So what you think about all these office suites for Linux. Are you already using any of them? If yes, which one?

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2 Responses

  1. mmn says:

    Office suites, I kinda hope this is a thing of the past. Spreadsheets are still useful, publishing software like inkscape, scribus and ms publisher still have their uses, but a word processor ? No, nobody write stuff with the sole intent to be “printed”. It’s 2013, people should write for the web, using something that will forever be readable, like markdown or textile.

  2. G-Man says:

    I have been using SSuite Office for a while now, and I must say that their software is the most stable I have ever used in comparison with other free office suites. I have created documents larger than 200MB and have yet to encounter any problems.

    Unlike the other office suites, SSuite Office uses almost no system resources, making it run fast and very light. The features found in this suite are also very innovative and much more of use in everyday work.

    The gui is very easy to navigate and all the functions can be found without sending out a search party for them. Very nice indeed!

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