Try Open Office, It’s FREE

Try Open Office, It's FREE

Over the years, I have used many different kinds of “office suites”.  I mean, I go way back to the good old DOS (Disk Operating System) 3.1 or before, days.
I played with Open Office ( many times.  I have recommended at certain times because it was free. Not because it was a great program.  Well, I am here to tell ya, I am now recommending it cause it is a fantastic program.
Open Office has come of age.  And what I mean by this is that it has nearly every feature that we expect today with our modern office suites.  It comes with a word processor, called Writer.  I almost can’t tell the difference between it and Microsoft Word.  I love it, and IT’s FREE!!  (Watch Out Bill Gates, now we all have a real choice!)  This word processor even saves in HTML format, so you could make very funtional webpages.  It’s not Frontpage, not meant to be, but it would make good simple pages for those who want to try their first website.

They have a spreadsheet program called calc.  I see some differences between it and Excel. But, I promise for the average user, it’s got all you need and more!  It has a database program, like Microsoft’s Access. Again, I see differences, but how many regular people use these things? And as I said, of the other program, it’s got all most of us really need.
Oh, and Ah!!  A program like Power Point, and I am oooh so impressed!!! It’s very nifty.
It also comes with a nice little math program where your student of the day can actually do his math on the computer with the proper symbols if he likes!  (or she, sorry gals…. I’m a bit math impaired myself..)
The only thing missing that I liked with Microsoft’s Office Suite, is Outlook.  I am rather spoiled.  Outlook is a great personal information manager (PIM) and email client.  But, there are ways around that too (email me if you have a question)
This program (product) is sponsered by Sun Corporation, so it’s got a big name behind it and will continue to grow.  But, it’s “Open Source” which means it’s free, and it’s source code is free so that anyone can play with the program and try to improve it and join the gang to works on it.  Pirate NO MORE (no, you’d never do that, it’s a JOKE)…. It’s free, it’s great…
I’ve installed it!
It’s Microsoft Office compatible, comes with Word Perfect filters and will run on almost any operating system (Windows, Mac, Lindows, Linux, etc.)
The download is a bit over 70 megs.  For those with DSL or Cable, this is nothing.  For those of you on dial-up, plan on an evening with your machine…. or send off for the CD, or email me.. I can make ya one…

Hugs!!! Peg

About PeggyAnn

Professional PC Consultant, Researcher, & avid people watcher, Peggy Ann Rowe started into her genealogical quest at age 15 after watching the mini-series, "Roots" with her parents. This new obsession has fueled her love of history, & study of cultures & societies in every epoch. Today she is 57 years old with four kids who are all grown up (& all have flown the coop). In between her 'gigs' with clients she volunteered at many different non-profits. Former President, Secretary, and Director at Large on the board of the Douglas County Historical Society for 10+ years, and former Secretary at the Cloverdale Historical Society (Sonoma County) for nearly 10 years. This website is an attempt to share the knowledge she has gained about her family ties with others who may be interested in the same things. She does not guarantee 100% accuracy and does hope that you will send corrections. To learn more about her, click the "about" button in the page menu. Thanks! Another goal of this website is to disseminate a message (i.e. education) about domestic violence, child abuse, and all forms of sexual abuse to society at large. The message comes from real experience from the whole spectrum of the violence from sexual abuse by a perpetrator to sexual abuse perpetrated by a husband, to the abuse of children within the family. Peggy has seen it, lived it, and been hurt by it. There will on occasion be details that might be hard for some people to read, and a warning is usually posted at the beginning of the essay so that those who want to turn and not read may do so. The only way to teach and to let others learn what to avoid is to SHARE what happened with every detail necessary to make the point. Thank you.
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