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Will Linux Users Ever Be Able to Ditch Microsoft Office?

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We all have dirty secrets. Mine is this: Although I run Linux exclusively on all of my computers, I still use Microsoft Office. Why? Because LibreOffice — even if it’s through no fault of its own — doesn’t always get the job done for me. And sometimes I wonder if it ever will. Here’s why.

To be clear, I don’t use Microsoft Office exclusively. I process my words in LibreOffice whenever possible, since it runs natively and has a lot of features that I miss in MS Office. I especially like the autocomplete functionality and built-in support for exporting to PDF.

Thanks to the wonders of the Wine emulator (actually, Wine is not an emulator, but we’ll call it one for simplicity’s sake), however, I can run Microsoft Office — in my case, Office 2003, since that was the last copy I bought — just as easily as LibreOffice on my Ubuntu system. As a result, I’ve had it installed for years and keep it updated regularly.

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export to PDF

OpenOffice has an Export To PDF button in the menu, and I use it. I'm sure that LibreOffice does too, since it was built off of OpenOffice.

pdf + more

Not only does LibreOffice (and cousin OpenOffice) export to pdf, but you can open and edit pdf's also. One is reminded about editing pdf's which are not your own, as you may be breaking copyright law. Also note that pdf editing is no joy, even with Adobe's pricey program; so don't be too excited about having this ability, but at least you can!

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