July 24, 2003

Gnumeric project receives grant from Open Source Applications Foundation

Grant will be used to develop interoperability test suite

BOSTON, Mass. July 24, 2003 The GNOME Foundation announced that the Gnumeric project has received a grant from the Open Source Application Foundation. The $4,000 grant will be used to develop a test suite to enhance interoperability between Gnumeric and other spreadsheet programs, particularly the market leading spreadsheet program. The goal of the grant and test suite is to ensure that values and functions translate seamlessly between proprietary and open source spreadsheet programs. Funds from the grant will be used to pay spreadsheet users to create files that test one or several of the more than 350 functions available in the market-leading proprietary spreadsheet software.

“This grant will be used to ensure that calculated values are the same between spreadsheets created on the market leading proprietary program and Gnumeric.” said Jody Goldberg of Ximian, Inc., Gnumeric Project lead and GNOME Foundation board member. “The test suite that will be developed through this grant will be available to all open source spreadsheet programs.”

Gnumeric is a free software spreadsheet program with better analytics than the leading proprietary spreadsheet programs. The project, which was founded five years ago, is a leading open source spreadsheet program, and is available on a number of popular open source desktop environments, including GNOME.

“The availability of a strong set of interoperable productivity applications is key to the success of Linux on the desktop,” explained Mitch Kapor, chairman of the Open Source Applications Foundation. “Because of my background in spreadsheets, I have a particular interest in open source spreadsheet applications. I am therefore pleased to be able to make a small contribution to strengthening not just the Gnumeric spreadsheet, but interoperability among the different open source spreadsheet programs, and compatibility with the leading commercial product. We also hope that this project will help build the community of volunteers contributing to these projects, and lead to even closer collaboration between OpenOffice, Gnumeric, Kspread and other open source spreadsheet projects.”

The grant will give open source spreadsheet developers an invaluable testing tool and will give Gnumeric users confidence that they have true interoperability with other spreadsheets.

URLs of Organizations Listed in this Press Release

GNOME: http://www.gnome.org
Gnumeric: http://www.gnumeric.org
Open Source Applications Foundation: http://www.osafoundation.org
OpenOffice: http://www.openoffice.org
KDE: http://www.kde.org

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