by Kendra Dalin
Novell Connection Magazine – November 2006
Here’s an excerpt:
Is OpenOffice.org as good as it’s cracked up to be? I am heading canary-like to mine the depths of this free suite alternative. If I report back to you in short, desperate breaths that the suite is impossibly difficult to use, you will know better than to send in more miners. But if I come out of this experiment alive and well, you may just have to ask yourself, as I asked myself, “Why not give it a try?”
This is the second article in a series about OpenOffice.org, an open source office productivity suite purportedly replete with components, features and functions comparable to and compatible with Microsoft Office and other proprietary alternatives. If you read the first article, you should be able to answer these basic questions about OpenOffice.org: What is it? Where can you get it? Who uses it? How much does it cost to use it? And why bother trying? (See novell.com/connectionmagazine/2006/10/tech_talk_3.html.)
In this article, I share my first impressions of OpenOffice.org Writer (OO Writer), the suite’s word processor. Having fiddled around with OO Writer for about one week now, I feel qualified to report that OO Writer looks and feels like a word processor should and is equipped with the features that I use most often. At this point, I feel comfortable recommending OO Writer to close friends and family members; however, before I can, or cannot, recommend it to you for use in a small, medium or large business, I’ll have to run a few more tests.