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informIT: Marcel's Linux Walkabout: Extra! Extra!

Mar 15, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"As time goes on, there seems to be more transitional software in the Linux world. Transition software is a personal description alluding to packages that are available for Linux as well as Windows. They are transitional in the sense that Windows users can take advantage of the benefits of that software while continuing to run Windows. When these users finally decide that the time has come to move to Linux, they will feel right at home with the package in question. For example, there's GAIM for instant messaging and Mozilla for Web surfing and email. The list doesn't stop there, but the most important office application of them all continues to be the office suite, an uber-package comprised of a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics package. That's where OpenOffice.org enters the picture.

"OpenOffice.org is a fantastic office suite and a superb replacement for Microsoft Office. For the price of a download, you or your company can have a professional, full-featured office suite that is virtually 100 percent-compatible with Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) for hundreds of dollars less. How much less, you ask? Did I mention that OpenOffice is free...?"

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