"The launch of OpenOffice.org 1.0 last month removed at a stroke
one major obstacle to the universal use of Linux on the desktop. At
last, Linux users have a complete office software suite - word
processor, spreadsheet, graphics, and presentations - which not
only works at least as well as the Microsoft Office equivalent, but
can also use Microsoft Office file formats, and is genuinely open
source and cross-platform.
"However, this hasn't prevented objections from Microsoft
diehards that they still can't migrate to Linux, because
Linux hasn't anything like Microsoft Access. Well, one
of the unpublicised features of OpenOffice.org 1.0 is that it has a
powerful user-friendly database front end. All you need to do is
wire it up to one of the many open-source databases on Linux, and
you have a Microsoft Access (and more) equivalent..."