Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
For many people Apache OpenOffice and Libre Office, which I’ll call collectively FOs (Free Offices suites) for short, are nothing but “free, as in free beer” substitutes of Microsoft Office for basic to intermediate needs. Many users in this category may run the FOs for years without ever discovering some of their features, that is, without realizing the full power and flexibility of these tools.
Sure, even most beginners know that both the FOs are multi-platform, regularly updated, and can export documents to PDF without additional plugins (always a good “selling” point, in my experience), but that’s pretty much it. I’m quite confident that only a part of these people already know all the features listed below, which may be lifesavers for their friends if not for themselves. It is also likely that some advanced users of the Free Office suites are so familiar with the same features that they may even forget to mention them whenever they advocate Free Software.
I hope this post will give as many people as possible even more reasons to try and/or promote the FOs.