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6 of the Best Free Linux Office Suites

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"The market heavyweights in this software field are Microsoft Office (non-free proprietary software available for Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X) and OpenOffice.org, the latter of which is released under a freely distributable license and is available for Linux and many other operating systems. However, there are a number of other strong office suites that are available for Linux. If necessary, it is also possible to run Microsoft Office under Linux in a number of different ways (e.g. using virtualisation software such as VirtualBox, VMware) or Windows compability layers such as Wine and CrossOver Office.

"This article selects 6 of our favourite office suites which run under Linux. Please be aware that three of the entries (Google Docs, Zoho Office Suite and Lotus Symphony) are released under proprietary software licenses, but all of the software listed below is available to download for no charge. Large software corporations recognise the importance of challenging Microsoft's dominance over the office suite. We have software developed by Sun Microsystems, Google Inc, and IBM.

"Now, let's explore the 6 Linux office suites at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews."

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