Saturday, December 15, 2007

OpenOffice

Just downloaded from here - free open source replacement for the Microsoft suite.

Anyone use it ?

9 comments:

'Eddie Willers' said...

Been using it for just over a year - since I switched to Simply Mepis Linux as my primary OS.

It runs well, does everything the MS suite can do and I haven't foundanything yet that would make me wish to go back to MS Office.

However, I did have some legacy PalmPilot apps that required Excel (won't work without it) so I maintain an old copy of Office 97 on my other dual-boot Win-XP/Linux machine

Michael Calwell said...

Been using it for years. Where's your blog entry about the suicide of Britain? I try to point out to people the ramifications of our catastrophic indigenous birth rate but most of them want to pretend it isn't a problem.

The Gorse Fox said...

Gorse Fox has been using it for several years. Much preferred to MS-Office - much smaller files, direct PDF creation etc...

Mail merge and form letters can be a bit obtuse, but even have that working now.

tl said...

Open source is always preferable. Have a look at PortableApps.com where you can find loads of open source software that installs and runs from a USB memory stick.

www.tinyapps.org is also worth a look.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean comments are open again or is this a once only deal?

Bert Rustle said...

Laban

Has your hit rate reduced since comments were blocked? Why not moderate comments?

Merry Christmas

Laban said...

No time, Bert. I've got 4 kids !

Hit rate's dropped a bit but so be it.

Michael C. - no time ! I see you're not doing a bad job yourself.

Anonymous said...

I use Abiword - wordprocessor and Gnumeric - spreadsheet on Gnome - desktop. I suppose I could use open office, but I don´t really need presentation stuff very much. A spreadsheet and wordprocessor is all I find necessary.

Regards

wildgoose said...

I'll second the recommendation for AbiWord - it's faster to load than OpenOffice, and available on Windows as well as Linux. OpenOffice's strength though is the sheer breadth of what it covers.

If you want to try a whole suite of programs though, then give Ubuntu a whirl. I installed it on a machine for my parents and it does everything they need without the constant nagging worries of virus infections, worms, etc.