“There is a recurring bug in OpenOffice that has been around for
several years, and afflicts various distros though it seems most
prevalent in Ubuntu. Maybe because more people use Ubuntu, maybe
Ubuntu does something to it, I don’t know. I do know there many
unresolved bug reports and frustrated users.
“For me, every time I saved a document in Writer it would
trigger the Document Recovery dialogue. Sometimes it would crash.
Sometimes it would let me click the ‘recover the darned documents’
button. Then next time I hit the Save button boom, same story. It
got so bad it was unusable. A Web search on “openoffice document
recovery” will find many reports of this and similar problems.”