IN THIS CHAPTER
• Office Suites for Ubuntu
• Productivity Applications Written for Microsoft Windows
Office suites have become one of the most important parts of the modern computing world. Nearly every office in the world has access to a word processor of some description, with a large majority also using either a spreadsheet package or presentation software. Until recently the dominant force in office suites has been Microsoft with their all-encompassing Office system. However, with the increased interest in open-source solutions, several worthy rivals have emerged from developers across the world. Each of these has its own benefits, with some also having some drawbacks. However, the overriding feeling is that you as an end user are no longer totally dependent on having to run Microsoft Office, which can be prohibitively expensive, especially if you have more than a handful of users.
Despite what some hacks have found, OpenOffice.org is making real inroads into directly replacing Microsoft Office, thanks to a lot of hard work by Sun and the community at large. Although not 100% compatible with Microsoft binary formats (DOC, XLS, and PPT) OpenOffice.org gets it right nearly every time. Unless you are working with extremely complex documents that involve specialized functions only available with Microsoft Office, you should encounter no problems with OpenOffice.org.
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