Using the OpenOffice Suite
As already stated, one of the great things about Linux is the free software that abounds – and one of the most useful set of applications is the OpenOffice suite. Anyone familiar with the Microsoft Office suite will be right at home with these applications as they were created to allow Linux/Unix compatibility with the equivalent Microsoft offerings. Not only does this mean that OpenOffice can read files created in Microsoft Office but it also means that the look and feel of the product is very similar.
Anyone familiar with the Microsoft Office suite will be right at home with these applications ..
Anyone who has used the MicroSoft Office packages (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Visio etc) will experience a distinct impression of déjà vu upon opening OpenOffice.If you're one of those people, then you are welcome to skip this chapter and just try it out for yourself!
Note: in versions of Ubuntu from 11.04 onwards, the package installed is called LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice but the name change is all that most users will be aware of: the look and feel is identical.
OpenOffice (-or LibreOffice) comes pre-installed in Ubuntu (-so essential is it regarded). If you find it is not installed on your chosen distro, it can be easily installed from the Software Centre like any other application. The example screenshot below shows that the OpenOffice suite is already installed on this Ubuntu installation (-i.e. all the modules have a green tick/check mark against them):
On the Fedora machine below, however, the LibreOffice Word Processor is not yet installed in it's Software Centre but it can be selected and installed like any other application:
Note: Puppy Linux ships with a very similar word processor called abiword, which is very similar in operation to LibreOffice. Alternatively, you can download the full Go-OpenOffice package from the web
If, for any reason, your distro does not directly allow you to install OpenOffice or LibreOffice from the Software Centre then you can install it directly from the Web (-see http://www.openoffice.org/ or http://www.libreoffice.org/download/ for details):
If .. your distro does not directly allow you to install OpenOffice from the Software Centre then you can install it directly from the Web ..
Note: always use your Software Centre to install application rather than a direct download if at all possible: this is because the Software Centre version will have been tested and approved for use with your distro – and easier to uninstall should you ever deem it necessary
Download the tarball (-compressed dump file) to your hard drive (-it will go to your Downloads folder by default):
Double click the file to open it, then right click and pick “Extract” to uncompress and copy all the files to their correct destinations.