Office applications:

  • LibreOffice/ Google suite as office suite
  • Qpdfview as Pdf reader
  • Fbreader as ebook reader

1. LibreOffice as office suite:

For normal use of office work, LibreOffice is competent enough:

You can either install entire of this office suite or pick out only what you need. I only use two of the modules:

  • Calc: spreadsheet application.
  • Writer: word processing application.
apt-get install libreoffice-calc libreoffice-writer libreoffice-gtk

The libreoffice-gtk package is for Libreoffice can integrate nicely with the system gtk theme (other wise it will look urgly).

You can choose one from several icon sets. In the screenshot below I am using the “sifr” icon sets:

apt-get install libreoffice-style-sifr

Then apply it by changing the “Icon size and styles” (User Interface) to “sifr”, go to Tool > Options > View.

To enable the ability to remember the last working place in your document, you need to fill out your “User Data”. Go to Tool > Options > User Data.

If there is no user identified, every time you open a document, LibreOffice will assume it is a new user and direct you to the beginning.

As a die hard user of spreadsheets, I only use Calc for “lite” spreadsheet work only. I am intensively depending on VBA/ GAS scripts (Visual Basic for Applications come with MS office & Google Apps Script come Google Apps). Only Microsoft Excel or Google Sheet can meet my requirement.

LibreOffice Calc


LibreOffice Writer


UPDATE 26 Nov 2019: I have been using Google Docs, Spreadsheet, Mail, Calendar, Drive, Form… as my productivity tools for over two full years. In fact, the contact form of this website is a Google form. I cannot express how awesome they are enough. Please give them a try!

UPDATE 18 Dec 2019: Today I used Calc the fist time since updating to Debian 10 Buster and I noticed that the display is not compatiple with the gtk3 theme (small font…). I need to installed libreoffice-gtk3 package to fix the problem.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gtk3

2. Qpdfview as Pdf reader

I have found qpdfview, quickly open any PDF file and render images nicely:

sudo apt-get install qpdfview

In the old version of this website, I recommended Foxit reader (very good indeed!), but is was not a native of Linux, and needed a PPA so I switched to qpdfview.

3. Fbreader as ebook reader

apt-get install Fbreader

“Supports popular ebook formats: ePub, fb2, mobi, rtf, html, plain text, and a lot of other formats” (From its website!).


Above is the awesome Quo Vadis novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, translated by Jeremiah Curtin.

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