A big obstacle to switching from Windows or Mac to an operating system like Ubuntu is that you have to get used to new programs. It really isn’t a big obstacle though! There are so many options to choose from (which can admittedly be daunting) and Ubuntu has packaged the most popular and user friendly into their operating system.

For example.

Word Processing and other Office-y activities 🙂

OpenOffice
Even when I was on Windows I began dabbling with Open Office but that was a few years ago and it wasn’t that great at the time. Now I get frustrated when I have to use Word because Open Office is so intuitive. It is also much more flexible, giving me the option to save a file in multiple formats (including .doc so that it can be opened on Word) and to open a file that was written in a different format (including docx, Vista’s file extension that can’t be opened by earlier versions of Word).

Ubuntu 10.04 comes with OpenOffice 3.2.
It’s an office suite so it is made up of

  • Writer – the word processor
  • Impress – the presentation creator
  • Calc – the spreadsheet application
  • Draw – to create and edit drawings, diagrams, etc…
  • Base – a database application

From the website:

Best of all, OpenOffice.org 3 can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org 3 is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose – domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. You may install it on as many computers as you like. You may make copies and give them away to family, friends, students, employees – anyone you like.