Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Office Software, the Freeware Alternative

Filed under
OOo

If you want to create a document, spreadsheet, database or an audio-visual presentation then most people turn to the Microsoft Office suite of programs, and why not? It does the job, very well for the most part, and it is generally easy to use (for routine tasks at least) and beginners usually pick it up quite quickly. It is highly integrated; files and data are easily exchanged between the various programs. Most important of all, like it or loath it, Office is a multi-language, multi-platform standard and if you want to exchange documents, spreadsheets, databases or presentations with anyone else it’s Office or nothing. Or is it?

In fact over the years numerous rival office suites have come and (mostly) gone but none have rivalled MS Office for versatility and flexibility and enduring popularity, thanks to Microsoft’s powerful position and aggressive marketing.

However MS Office isn’t the only game in town and there is an alternative. It’s called OpenOffice.org and it’s one of the computer industry’s best-kept secrets. OpenOffice.Org is a part of the Open Source project (see this week’s Top Tip). It began life as the Star Office Suite more than 20 years ago and was later acquired by Sun Microsystems, who made the code publicly available. Nowadays a large community of users and programmers continue to contribute to its development.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

[GNU IceCat] browser is (finally) on Fedora

GNU Icecat will be available on Fedora updates-testing repositories for some days. That’s right time to test harshly this new web browser (really it’s not so new considering it’s a fork of Firefox) and leave a positive/negative karma or open a bug. Read more

today's howtos

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Ryan Icculus Gordon On The Linux Action Show
    Ryan Icculus Gordon has just recently been on a guest on the excellent Linux Action Show to talk about Linux gaming. Ryan Icculus Gordon is the name behind a number of big ports, and you can see here just what he has done. Hint: It's a lot.
  • Empire: Total War Looks Close To A Linux Version, Pokes Fun At Linux Gamers
    We already knew that Total War: Rome II would come to Linux which sadly didn't come out when expected early this year, but now it looks like the original Empire: Total War will come to Linux too.
  • Another (Linux) game added to the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2
    - Legend of Grimrock: Old school and modern gaming combines in this thrilling dungeon crawler RPG from Almost Human Games. A group of prisoners are sentenced to certain death by exile to the secluded Mount Grimrock for vile crimes they may or may not have committed. Unbeknownst to their captors, the mountain is riddled with ancient tunnels, dungeons, and tombs built by crumbled civilizations long perished now. If they ever wish to see daylight again and reclaim their freedom, the ragtag group of prisoners must form a team and descend through the mountain, level by level.