OpenOffice.org Office Suite
OpenOffice.org is a sophisticated office suite that stands comparison with other suites.
It has all the components you might expect from an effective suite, including Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Presentation applications, but also encourages the use of open document formats, so that you aren't tied to one particular office suite when you come to upgrade your system.
If you like OpenOffice.org, you might consider using LibreOffice, which is the new default office suite in Ubuntu. Most OpenOffice.org developers have moved to LibreOffice in order to speed up the pace of development and innovation.
- High degree of compatibility with Microsoft Office
- Cross-platform (also runs on Windows and Mac OS X)
- Many professional features, including Mail Merge and PDF output
OpenOffice.org was part of the default Ubuntu installation, but this has been replaced by LibreOffice since Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty).
Hints and Tips
MSTemplatesInOpenOffice - Instructions on how to import Microsoft Office templates into OpenOffice.org
UsingJavaDatabaseConnectivityAndOpenOffice - Instructions on using OpenOffice.org to edit MySQL Database files using JDBC connectivity
Fonts - Some issues reported with fonts have been discussed here.
Google Doc Extension - Instruction on installing Google Doc extension to OpenOffice.org
Other applications you may wish to look at
- Gnome Office
- Abiword Word Processor
- Gnumeric Spreadsheet