GNOME's menu hierarchy for GnumericIn the word of general office spreadsheet needs, Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice.org Calc are probably considered the big guns, but the possibilities don't end with those two tools -- at least not when you're using Linux.
Two alternative spreadsheet applications in particular stand out. One alternative is a piece of the KOffice suite of tools called KSpread. The second tool, Gnumeric, is the brainchild of GNOME front-man Miguel de Icaza. Gnumeric stands alone as one of the only non-suite spreadsheet tool available and it does so quite admirably.
TechRepublic Pro contributor Jack Wallen takes cursory looks at both of these tools in his article, "SolutionBase: Gnumeric and KSpread offer spreadsheet application alternatives for Linux users". According to Jack, both applications are viable solutions to a very common problem: simple spreadsheet needs without heavy overhead and complexity.