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When Linux users ask us to help with the choice of an office suite, it’s difficult for us to come up with a really intriguing offer, because everyone knows that it will still be LibreOffice. This is the most powerful and advanced set of office applications that proudly bears the banner of ‘open source’ around the world. However, no matter how developers optimise it, it still remains a big and resource-intensive package, which may not even work on old computers. Recently, small boxes like the Raspberry Pi have been gaining in popularity, and many people would like to be able to perform office tasks on these lowpower devices.
FLTK Office Suite, or FLOffice for short, doesn’t pretend to be a fully fledged alternative to LibreOffice or other productivity suites, but it adds very valuable features to minimalist Linux distros that commonly run on Raspberry Pi boxes by providing some basic office applications. It’s much better than nothing, after all.
FLOffice is based on the FLTK library, where FL means ‘fast as light’. You wouldn’t notice a big performance gain on normal desktop machines, but on low-end devices, it really means a lot: FLTK-based apps are way faster than those based on GTK or Qt.
FLOffice has a ‘home’ screen or a shell — a central point with quick links to frequently used applications. The office suite itself bundles a text editor, a spreadsheet app, a maths formula editor, a picture viewer, a scanner tool and a simple file manager, plus a bunch of less intriguing binary apps. The home screen, however, comes with quick links to some other applications that are not part of FLOffice, including: Chromium, AbiWord, XPaint, Rox and few more, which you are supposed to install yourself.
Once you set it up, FLOffice will be ready for everyday use. It proved to be quite handy and useful in our tests, and very light on resources.