Calligra is an open source office suite solution for Linux/BSD-based operating systems. It is similar to the LibreOffice application and provides users with many attractive components for all of their office tasks. We should call this software a “phoenix” as it was reborn from the ashes of the discontinued KOffice office suite, which was distributed alongside the well known KDE desktop environment.
One of the most complex office suites
It appears to be the most complex office suite available on the Linux platform, as it comprises numerous components, including the famous Krita digital painting tool and the usual spreadsheets, words and presentation apps. In alphabetical orders, the main components of Calligra are: Braindump, Flow, Karbon, Kexi, Krita, Plan, Stage, Sheets, and Words.
Braindump is a mind map tool that helps you to dump and organize ideas, text, drawings, images, etc. Flow is an flowcharting and diagramming application, Karbon is a vector drawing tool, and Kexi is a visual database builder.
In addition, Krita is a professional-grade digital painting and sketching application, Plan is a project management tool, Stage is a presentation app, Sheets is a feature-rich spreadsheet and calculation tool, and Words is the word processing tool.
Designed for KDE
The best part of the Calligra office suite is that all of its components can be installed separately. On the other hand, the worse part is that it requires many of the libraries and core packages of the KDE desktop environment, which might be annoying for GNOME or Xfce users.
Supported operating systems
Preliminary support or the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating system has been added in the latest release, offering a free office suite to all users of these proprietary computing platforms. If you use KDE and Linux, and you need more than LibreOffice can offer, then you should download and install the Calligra office suite. It can be easily installed from the default software repositories of major Linux OSes, such as Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Kubuntu, or Gentoo.