Gnumeric, also known as Graphical User Interface (GUI) program is part of the GNU Free Software Project. Gnumeric version 1.0 has been released on 31 December 2002. Gnumeric is available as free software under the GNU General Public License and is designed to replace commercial spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel. Gnumeric provides an interface to spreadsheets using only the command line interface.
gnumeric is able to run on most Unix platforms and provides a graphical user interface similar to the spreadsheet application Microsoft Office. Gnumeric has been created as a replacement for Excel, when it comes to handling large volumes of data. Gnumeric offers the ability to manipulate rectangular or column-based charts. It also offers a variety of other functions such as creating drop down lists, making calculations with percentages, sorting data, printing pie charts, and creating sub-grids. gnumeric works better with Python and Java.
Gnumeric uses the Gnumeric file format which is a variant of latex's XML based format. This file format makes it easy for Gnumeric users to manipulate spreadsheet applications. Many spreadsheet software applications are based on the LaCavier spreadsheet software, which is a superior spreadsheet software to Microsoft Excel and Lotus 1-2-3. There are also other spreadsheet software applications which are not based on the Linux distribution of Linux like Power Point. As Gnumeric does not have the Microsoft-specific functionality of Microsoft Office applications, this leaves Gnumeric users with a software alternative that is able to perform all office-related tasks.