LibreOffice A free alternative for anyone who can't afford Mictosoft suites, even has a pretty comprehensive Powerpoint alternative called Impress thats included. Both of which are compatible with Microsoft Office and Powerpoint. The forums say that they can have a few issues going back and forth between the programs but I havent had any yet.
Scribus is a good free open source Microsoft Publisher alternative.
The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.1, the first minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family released in early February, with 100 bugs or regressions fixed against the previous version.
LibreOffice 5.3.1 is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, as it is focused on bleeding edge features.
LibreOffice 5.3.1 is immediately available for download from the following link: [link].
LibreOffice's license permits it to copy code from OpenOffice while OpenOffice's less permissive doesn't allow it to copy LibreOffice's code. This means every single fix you're going to see is probably already in LibreOffice and they improve their software on their own.
There's no reason to use OpenOffice since 2011.
LibreOffice exists for 6 years now and made vast improvements. The overwhelming majority of Sun OpenOffice.org developers and community moved to LibreOffice when Oracle took over Sun Microsystems. The Apache OpenOffice is kept online because of a minority of developers that do not want to let go, but who cannot actually maintain it. They mislead Windows users by not mentioning that LibreOffice exists.
Because MS wants to make lots of money.
Why not try LibreOffice completely free? It does absolutely everything that MS proprietary software does that the vast majority of users are likely to ever need.
Open source does not mean you can do whatever you like with it. You have to meet the licence criteria. These are varied but may include things like:
From the LibreOffice licence:
CompleteOffice may be violating these terms:
"All distribution of Covered Software in Source Code Form, including any Modifications that You create or to which You contribute, must be under the terms of this License. You must inform recipients that the Source Code Form of the Covered Software is governed by the terms of this License, and how they can obtain a copy of this License. You may not attempt to alter or restrict the recipients’ rights in the Source Code Form."
OpenOffice is not getting serious development for over 8 years now. Please don't use it, the only thing it has is the name recognition.
Use LibreOffice if you want a FOSS office suite.
Consider becoming a donator if you want to accelerate the development process. The more full-time professional programmers the project can hire, the faster it will surpass Microsoft Office in features and quality.
You should probably switch to LibreOffice. OpenOffice is a dead product as it was last updated January 2011. LibreOffice is maintained.
FYI, this is apparently the first release that includes a native 64-bit version for Windows. I noticed the LibreOffice website didn't correctly steer me to that on a Windows machine, so here's a link for Windows x86_64 in case you need it for any reason.
I don't know. The only thing I don't like about https://www.libreoffice.org/ is the animated download gif. I really dislike the logo and the animation looks weird imo.
But other than that, what's wrong with the website?
From the FAQ:
>How long can I use this plan?
>You can use the plan as long as you are working at a qualified school. Your eligibility may be re-verified at any time. When your Office 365 Education plan expires:
> * The Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means that you can view documents, but you cannot edit or create new documents.
> * Online services associated with the school email address—for example, Office Online and OneDrive—will no longer work.
> * If your plan expires, you can extend your plan by re-verifying your status as an educator, or by moving to an Office 365 personal plan
Viable, long-term alternative: LibreOffice.
It's free, open source, works with Microsoft Office files, and none of my teachers were any the wiser.
There's certainly differences between the two, but it's more of a trade off than a deficiency. For example, there's some rarely used (but useful) function that Excel has that Calc doesn't, but Calc supports regex matching which Excel lacks (this is a big deal to me). There's a few other small things, but nothing I would consider a deal breaker.
If you really want cloud support, Google Docs is quite nice, and it's free, too. Otherwise, I just use Dropbox, also free, and save my school files in there.
LibreOffice - www.libreoffice.org
Free, fully featured, not trapped in a browser, not beholden to network latency, and not locking you into a company's data trap.
Once you start using LibreOffice then you'll wonder why anybody still pays for Office software.
> ... Libre Office, it's Microsoft Office XP and in the last 10 years has seen 0 improvements in functionality.
That's completely false. LibreOffice has within its five years of existence constantly added new and improved functionality: [link]
Perhaps you were thinking of OpenOffice.org, which stalled and then got forked by LibreOffice (because that's what you can do when free software gets stalled)?
Release notes: [link]
LibreOffice under the hood: progress to 5.0: [link]
Download link: [link]
"The Document Foundation has been made aware of an unofficial version of LibreOffice on the Windows Store. We are investigating further, but we want to be clear: this is not an official version created by The Document Foundation, so the app's page is misleading. The only official source of the software (which can be downloaded for free, i.e. without any cost for the end user) is LibreOffice website: [link]. lso, the money from the Windows Store version is not collected by The Document Foundation."
Tacky. Trying to be greedy and charge money for free software.
Yes. LibreOffice is an open-source office suite with programs that can do anything Microsoft Office can do, and much more. And it's free (as in freedom. and as in beer).
Hell yea it looks good. And you can customize it any way you want to. Exhibit A: /r/unixporn; Exhibit B: my completely stock (except for an icon pack) Linux Mint desktop that I have running inside a Virtual Machine on my work computer. Here it is with the "start menu" open.
No, you don't need to know how to code. Some Linux distros (versions), like Ubuntu or Mint, are incredibly user-friendly, and are made that way! They also have huge support communities that can help you if you ever had any trouble. Check out /r/linux4noobs.
On top of all that, 99% of the time Linux is going to be WAY faster than Windows on your computer. My laptop takes almost 2 full minutes to boot and log in to Windows. Linux boots and logs in under 30 seconds. CPU and RAM usage are almost always lower, as well. And everything is free and free.
Most OS projects of this scope have a large corporate sponsor or a source of revenue. Chromium has Google and Firefox has search engine revenue. LibreOffice has none of these. TDF doesn't hire a single programmer and all the bug triaging, regression bisecting is done by volunteers. So if you're looking for a projected to help out, consider them by starting here.
They could really use your help triaging bugs, helping bisect regressions, with documentation, or answering Ask LO questions.
EDIT: they're starting a Bug Hunting Session for 5.2 now here.
I hope the Sifr icon set becomes available generally for Qt/GTK (especially KDE) [link]
Automatic updates would be good, indeed, but it's pretty complex to do properly. It is being worked on, as per this talk from FOSDEM '18: [link]
Of course, as with all things open source, more help would be very welcome: [link]
Or rather OpenOffice's community continuation, LibreOffice (it's pretty much just a rename from when the community broke away from Oracle after Oracle bought Sun).
It can be downloaded here.
Appears to be just a rename/clarification of the LibreOffice packages? You were always trailing behind with LibreOffice, unless you installed libreoffice-fresh. Now it's clear you are doing so with name libreoffice-still.
Edit: it's just alignment with upstream naming. Both versions are stable ;)
Try LibreOffice. But I don't recommend their opendocument format for saving and instead prefer .docx format.
I've heard to export your resume in pdf format to ensure prospective employers see the file as you intended (LibreOffice has an Export as pdf option).
You can download Open Office or Libre Office. They're open source versions of Word and several other Microsoft Office products. The two are basically identical, but Libre Office is updated more often and Open Office is now being run by Apache. You'll find people who prefer one over the other (due to the way development is going), but they're both nearly identical. Both will open Word files as well as save documents created in the software as a Word file.
This is the fifth bugfix release of the 5.2.x
branch of LibreOffice which contains new
features and program enhancements. As
such, the version is stable and is suitable
for all users. This version may contain a
few annoying bugs which will be fixed in
the next bugfix versions to come. Detailed
release notes can be accessed from the list
> Why does LO have all of the MS Office software equivalents....except for OneNote?
Because... nobody has volunteered to implement one :-) New features don't just appear by magic, and someone has to work on them. As an open source project, LibreOffice's features are implemented either by volunteers who are "scratching their own itches", or by certified developers working on behalf of customers.
If you really want a OneNote equivalent in LibreOffice, get involved and make it happen! Or consider funding a certified developer to work on it. Those are the best ways to make wishes a reality :-)
For programs: GIMP to process/edit images and size them, LibreOffice Draw to arrange them and work with text. I used to recommend PagePlus, because it was a really cheap and robust piece of publishing software, but it's not free, is Windows only, and is legacy software at this point, so there's no guaranteed support for it.
Don't get too in depth on your idea, most of the fun for the players is running your concept through their imagination. Give them tools and a rough idea of what's happening.
Don't make your players manage numbers in triple or quadruple digits. Makes it too clunky.
Keep contrast in mind when placing and coloring text. Neon text on a grey stone texture background is murder on the eyes. Black text on beige parchment or white text on dark brown is much, much easier to read. Shadows, text outlines, or colored boxes can be invaluable in making text easy to read. Stay away from extremely bright saturated colors.
If you're going to do something big - consider making it a pdf instead of numerous huge images.
LibreOffice under the hood: a year of progress from 5.0 to 5.2: [link]
Much more interesting read about size, memory and speed improvements, lines of code removed and servers load decreased:
And don't miss last link from original article: [link]
Office: Libreoffice (forked from OpenOffice quite a while ago)
Corel Draw: Inkscape, perhaps? (I've never used Corel Draw, but it seems to be vector drawing.)
If you want such a feature, join in and help the volunteers to make it, or consider funding a certified developer to work on it! See here:
> It doesn't imply it's about an office suite.
Along with what /u/UniversallyUniqueID pointed out (the large "FREE OFFICE SUITE"), it also says "LibreOffice is a powerful office suite", "the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite", "Free Office Suite" and "stands out from the office suite crowd." So I think five mentions that it's an office suite suffice :-)
(And funnily enough, you brought up [link], but "office suite" doesn't appear anywhere there!)
Regarding your other point:
> No pictures showing their office.
Do you mean screenshots of the software? Those are one click away: [link]
Of course, you could argue that there should be a screenshot on the front page – fair enough. (Although again, you mentioned [link] but that doesn't have screenshots on the front page either.)
Simple answer: no you don't need to worry.
This is an important reason to think about switching to LibreOffice. It's not just a better choice because it's free. The software freedom philosophy that underpins it is the most important thing- because writing is a human right, and no company should be allowed to be a middle-man to this process.
Libre Office is a popular free program that is compatible with Microsoft Office. It's basically an updated version of Open Office since it's based off Open Office. It doesn't use the ribbon interface though.
The Kingsoft Office website says they support MS Office documents, but I've never used it so can't say how well it works. Since it's free you can test it out to see.
OpenOffice is an Apache Project. The official homepage links to sourceforge. So yes, that’s where you download the official releases.
However, back in 2010, LibreOffice was created as a fork from OpenOffice. A lot of the community and developers moved to LibreOffice, which many consider to be the successor of OpenOffice.
So unless there is a specific reason to use OpenOffice, you should download LibreOffice IMHO.
It's only "beyond LibreOffice" in the sense that neither you, nor anyone else, has chosen to implement it. LibreOffice is a volunteer-driven, community open source project, with a small non-profit entity helping to organise it. If you really want a new feature, you can contribute some time back to the community that works so hard: [link]
Or you could consider funding a certified developer to work on the feature: [link]
That's the only way things will keep moving forward. New features don't happen by magic! Contribute back and we can all benefit :-)
You can use most distros without ever even touching the terminal, it is just faster most of the time. And with the software thing, generally there are alternatives to the software you already use which are sometimes the same or better than the one you use for windows. Libre Office is a good example.
> I usually use open office
Look into using LibreOffice instead, It is a continuation of the same open source code base that was OpenOffice with many of the original developers that used to work on OpenOffice working on LibreOffice instead after the branding for OpenOffice long story short was acquired by a company that doesn't have the best track record for holding the same values as the open source community so the community got together and made LibreOffice. These days OpenOffice is literally years of development time behind and in a far far worse shape then LibreOffice and all the mindshare in the development field is on LibreOffice with OpenOffice sometimes taking over a year to get a fairly simple security fix out that LibreOffice due to being based on the same source also had but they fixed it in a couple of hours.
TL;DR Use LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice. [link]
I love open-source software and I prefer to support it where I can, but in my opinion Open Office is terrible! I think, compatibility wise, it's not too bad but using it is horrible; I was happy that Microsoft got rid of the 1001 "Toolbars to use before you die" interface and replaced it with the neat and tidy ribbon. A lot of FOSS advocates won't admit that but the^Microsoft^UI^is^better...
Also, OpenOffice (whilst nolonger on the brink of extermination) has more or less been depreciated by LibreOffice.
Writing fiction is free if you already have a computer and/or paper. LibreOffice is a free, fully-featured word processor if you need one. It's as easy as opening a word document and writing something.
There are a lot of guides on finding ideas and stuff, but it boils down to: once you start thinking about stories you start getting ideas. It's just a habit you build.
I would be great to have a healthy OpenOffice project, so its good to see that they are able to actually make releases again.
But currently almost everyone would be better off with LibreOffice.
Instead consider LibreOffice. It's also what most (if not all) Linux distros use nowadays. For all intents and purposes LibreOffice is today what people mean when they say "OpenOffice".
Essentially, LibreOffice is a more-active fork of OpenOffice that happened a bit after Oracle bought Sun did what Oracle does best (piss everyone off and set a raging hellfire to any existing goodwill). The fork was so successful that Oracle folded and handed OpenOffice over to the Apache foundation for hospice care.
It seems that the bug was already reported in February. Basing on information in the bugreport, the regression was fixed in August in the master, but the bugfix wasn't backported to 3.5.x and 3.6.x. So that guy has every right to whine -- it's easier to simply switch to OpenOffice than wait for a year for the bugfix that is critical for your workflow.
I'd recommend Linux Mint.
For spreadsheets/documents (i.e. Excel/Word), LibreOffice is a fantastic drop-in replacement. LibreOffice comes installed on Linux Mint by default.
In fact, almost everything you'll need is installed by default on Mint.
Take the plunge... it's worth it! :)
Δεν υπάρχει spellchecker δωρεάν για τα Ελληνικά. Για την ακρίβια, αν δεν έχεις αγοράσει το Office 2007 από κάποιο Έλληνα εκπρόσωπο της Microsoft (π.χ. Πουλιάδης), με το Ελληνιό User Interface δεν θα έχεις Ελληνικό Spellchecker. Υπήρχε κάποτε ξεχωριστά, αλλα το Office 2007 είναι τόσο παλιό, που δεν υπάρχει περίπτωση να βρείς σε κανένα τορεντάδικο.
Αναβάθμησε σε Office 2016 , και πάρε το Greek Language Accessory Pack για να έχεις spellchecker.
Και ναι, πρέπει να το αγοράσεις. Αν δεν θέλεις, το LibreOffice 5 είναι μια χαρά: εφάμιλλο του Microsoft Office και εινια 99.999% συμβατό, εκτώς και αν κάνεις κάτι πολύ περίεργα με διασυνδεμένα έγραφα.
I'd have to substitute notepad for Notepad++. Everything you love about Notepad, but it also has tabs (and auto-save!) and the ability to be a editor for just about any type of file, with syntax helpers for most anything (html, java, C++, etc).
I also have to throw in LibreOffice. Great free software that has most of the capabilities of M$ Office without a whole lot of bloat. I've been using it for years, ever since OpenOffice went a bit stagnant.
EDIT: Fix'd ugly, ugly links.
Office 2007 will be no longer supported in October 2017. When that happens, you'll be forced to update to the new UI which has improved usability, or switch to Libre Office. Not doing so you run the risk of un-patched security vulnerabilities which can be exploited by visiting a web page in any browser^^1 .
^1: ^Regardless ^of ^precaution, ^vulnerabilities ^can ^affect ^anybody.
nope, the code is open source but the brand isn't!
"This License does not grant any rights in the trademarks, service marks, or logos of any Contributor (except as may be necessary to comply with the notice requirements in Section 3.4)."
Very true - colleges even teach MS Office as part of their curriculum and now that I think back to it, the basics they teach can easily be taught on the FREE LibreOffice suite too.
If your Mac came with Pages, try to open it in Pages and see if you have better luck there. Also try opening it in TextEdit.
If that doesn't work, it's a long shot, but you might try downloading LibreOffice — a free alternative office suite — and seeing if you can open it using that app.
In all these cases, you may end up seeing a lot of gobbledygook near the top of the document, but if you scroll past that, most of the actual content may be intact.
I guess you haven't been backing up to Time Machine frequently? Thought that was worth mentioning, just in case it had slipped your mind. If this happened to me, I'd probably just restore yesterday's copy. You might try this anyway. Macs sometimes keep hourly backups locally. Try going into Time Machine, and if it's turned on, you may be able to find a version from before the corruption took place.
Check out LibreOffice - if it meets your requirements than the RPI will be fine.
It's not the fastest machine.
You will need also a keyboard, monitor and mouse. You're not scoring something for $35. If you want to buy all brand new you're better suited with a chromebook or a low-end $199 win10 laptop which you can score from any bestbuy
Also, lugging around an RPI, + Monitor + Keyboard + Mouse would be a pain in the ass. Just get $200 or something and score a laptop.
There's a few. But Microsoft throws more resources developing Office than the other companies do, and the fact that it's so widespread makes it even more popular (since other software might not display the documents exactly the same).
IBM Lotus Symphony
Pages '09 Is going to be 10 years old, so it was inevitable that it would stop working at some point with newer OS's. I personally like the latest version of Pages. True it loses some compatibility with legacy programs, but there's no reason to avoid it just based on that for new documents.
If you don't like the newer, supported version of Pages, you can still use the built-in Text Edit.app to do quick and dirty word processing files that can be saved to Word, RTF or PDF formats. If you need something more advanced, you can try the jack-of-all-trades app Libre Office, but be warned that it is not as tightly integrated with the macOS as Pages will be.
I'm assuming you mean a standard paper character sheet that you fill out with a pencil, but if you don't and you want something that lets you fill the sheet in digitally and maybe handles some math for you, there's NBOS Character Sheet Designer (for Windows). The learning curve, especially for the dynamic/digital bits is somewhat steep.
But let's go back to a good old-fashioned "pencil-it-in" character sheet. If you can draw a rudimentary character sheet layout using a blank sheet of paper and a pencil, then you're halfway there. Just download a free vector drawing program and plop down boxes and text next to them and you're good to go. Vector drawing programs can be complex, but you'll really just be drawing boxes and typing some text to start, so that's pretty easy. I'll recommend the following programs to you:
Inkscape: Full-blown pro-level vector drawing program. Powerful and complex, but a basic character sheet is a great way to start playing with it.
LibreOffice Draw: Not as full-featured, but plenty enough for a character sheet. Draw is part of the full office suite, so just download that and go.
Now, if you can't conceptualize a basic character sheet layout with paper and pencil, I'd suggest just asking one of your friends who can to give it a try. Another option here is to download some character sheets from online for reference and use the aforementioned programs to make your own version.
I donate to quite a few organizations but these are the ones that come to my mind:
Just about any image program will do that with a simply copy and paste, then saving the combined as one image.
You may have to learn about cropping, which is cutting out everything else you don't want so it's not saved into the file. Square images are easy as you can just use the marque tool and draw a box/rectangle, then copy and paste. Irregular images it's a little harder and requires a larger screen and blowing the page up.
Take a course in computer aided graphic design if you must.
Gotta be that guy and plug LibreOffice.
Unless you've got some weird edge-case automation or some somesuch coded to specific MSO macros, it does everything MSO will and doesn't require that you be online.
Use an SSD.
Use distcc to hook it up to 10 64-core Amazon Cloud instances, then run emerge with -j 640.
docker search libreoffice
Switch to Debian.
> I got a laptop from my boss to put Outlook and Office on because I'm pretty good with computers.
.. seriously? If the company you're working at is hurting that bad that they have to pirate MS Office then you should really be looking for a new job. Or introduce him/her to LibreOffice.
Also per sidebar rules this isn't the sub to ask for links.. try /r/illegaltorrents.
I mean I'm not an expert but it doesn't look like GPL from their own licenses page.
>LibreOffice is made available subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License v2.0 which is reproduced below.
Moreover, this clause below seems to allow reproducing, distributing, selling, etc.
>Each Contributor hereby grants You a world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license:
>under intellectual property rights (other than patent or trademark) Licensable by such Contributor to use, reproduce, make available, modify, display, perform, distribute, and otherwise exploit its Contributions, either on an unmodified basis, with Modifications, or as part of a Larger Work; and
under Patent Claims of such Contributor to make, use, sell, offer for sale, have made, import, and otherwise transfer either its Contributions or its Contributor Version.
I'm sure the experts will chime in to tell me I'm wrong though.
Use LibreOffice instead of MS Office. It's just as good. Opensource. Free. It totally reads office documents (and the other way around).
I refuse to give Microsoft any more money than I have to. I'm still running Office 2007 from CDs that I install on every new computer I buy. Fuck Microsoft.
> theres not many people trying to make competing operating systems to go against windows.
Considering how little money remains in the desktop OS market, it's somewhat surprising there are two healthy competitors doing very well in home and consumer marketshare, all things considered. Microsoft used to make most of their money on servers and management tools, and on their office suite and dev tools, and the desktop itself made less and less money each year (though the revenue dropped more slowly than the prices of computers dropped).
Server and dev-tools and even office suites are free and ubiquitous now, so Microsoft's switched to cloud services and app-store tax game console and hardware.
> Well you cant avoid Microsoft office suite and Adobe editing suite if you want something professional.
OpenOffice and LibreOffice are widely used by governments around the world.
Adobe pretty much has a monopoly on the image editing field and this is mostly because of the .psd file format which has lots of compatibility issues. Even different adove photoshop versions have issues handling different psd file versions.
You can do everything that photoshop can do in other apps like gimp and krita. The problem is that most people require you to either import or export in the psd file format.
tl;dr: It's not a matter of lacking professional applications. It's a matter of file format monopoly.
> You guys wanna update your damn package upgrader?
You wanna be a bit more friendly when talking to hard-working volunteers who give you a whole office suite for free? :-)
There is ongoing work to streamline the update process, but it's a complicated job: [link]
Of course, LibreOffice is a volunteer-driven, community open source project, so instead of posting messages about the "damn package upgrader", you could consider getting involved yourself: [link]
Or fund a certified developer to work on the issue, helping to make LibreOffice better for everyone: [link]
You shouldn't use openoffice. The project is essentially dead. Use libre-office instead.
Office comes as a subscription or as a volume licence.
If you can't afford the subscription
Uninstall it and install [link] or openoffoce
And Thunderbird for email.
All the functions non of the cost
know thy enemy:
"Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and world’s second-richest man, took 59 flights in 2017 travelling more than 200,000 miles, according to the study by academics at Lund University. The report estimated that Gates’ private jet travel, which he has described as his “guilty pleasure”, emitted about 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That compares to a global average of less than 5 tonnes per person. Like the Honeywell report, the study suggested that private jet travel emits up to 40 times as much carbon dioxide per passenger as scheduled commercial flights. "
a "guilty pleasure" ?
an average person = 5 tonnes
bill gates and other filthy rich A-holes = 1600 tonnes
5 / 1600 = .0031 or 0.3%
1600 / 5 = 320 times as much as average person
[link] is a great FREE alternative to MS Word, Excel, etc.
Just use a free suite like LibreOffice and it does almost everything the average user will ever need.
I donated to them as they are brilliant. Mac and PC.
There is another one but it has slipped my mind.
Depends on your goals, really. If you're trying to learn databases for programming, you'll want to get something like sql rather than access. Mysql community edition is free and would be like something you'll use as a programmer often. [link] If you're looking for something like Access, there's libre office Base [link]. It's similar but not exactly the same. If you need it to get experience specifically with access you'll need to get a copy of access. If you're in college they should have a license you can use through the school. If not you can get student discounts on it.
Sure! So the original idea was to make sure that contributors are credited in a way that really shows our appreciation. We have this page but it's not very exciting. So we thought we'd spend a month looking into various areas of the project (coding, QA, user support etc.), and give people virtual badges they can use on social media in thanks for their efforts.
This worked OK, but for the next one, we decided to get real, printed stickers. After a Month of LibreOffice, participants can request stickers through the post, showing that they are a "proud contributor". Yes, a sticker isn't the most fancy thing in the world, but people really appreciate having something real and tangible to show for their work, I've found.
And why twice a year? We could do it all year round, but we think it's good to make it a special event. Also, the timing is important – we do the Months of LibreOffice half way between major releases, so it generates some buzz in the community in what may be regarded as a "quieter" time.
Hope that helps!
> LibreOffice desperately needs to fix its update procedure
LibreOffice is a volunteer-driven community project, so if you want "LibreOffice" to fix something, who exactly do you mean? Why not contribute back and make it happen? Maintaining package repositories for various distros is a lot of work, and our volunteers would appreciate help.
Hundreds of people around the world work hard to make an office suite for everyone to use, for free, so they can't do everything that everyone wants, all the time :-) Give us a hand: [link]
you may be able to run office in wine, but like many other windows software's, there are Linux equivalents. libre office is the most popular Linux version of office. it can open and edit office files (like docx and pptx). the power point equivalent is not as good as power point as of the last time i checked. the word equivalent is basically the same but looks different, and Ive never really used the others. there is also always google drive
Google Docs (online, so a pain without an internet connection)
Microsoft Office Apps
First you need to see if you use those solutions to sync between multiple computers, or if you primarily use them on one computer and the ability to login and get your files from elsewhere is a secondary bonus.
If you mostly use GDocs and GSheets locally, just switching to LibreOffice is enough. If you need to have multiple people making edits at the same time, read the last paragraph.
For GDrive, if you only want to use it on computers you control, you can try something like SyncThing, which is multi-platform, and it doesn't require a central server (it works as a peer-to-peer application). There are other solutions if you want to have your own central server, such as NextCloud.
Now, back to GDocs and GSheets, in case you want to be able to edit documents from multiple computers at the same time (if you don't need multiple people making changes at the same time, SyncThing would be enough). To do this, you will have to get your own server, and install something like ONLYOFFICE. Also, I don't know if it's ready yet, but "LibreOffice Online" is being actively developed, and it can be used as a NextCloud extension. NextCloud again, is something you would install on your own server, be it a machine you maintain yourself, or rented from someone you trust.
Useful to MS. It trains children to become proficient in software that will later make the company money, instead of them learning free software that they can improve as they wish.
Libreoffice Writer is what you want.
Download the Libreoffice Suite to have it all.
It's all free. Yes, I did say it's all free.
Hey there! Welcome to the real master race!
You will have (almost) no problem moving to linux. In terms of gaming, I'd say that yes, your best bet would be to dual-boot, simply because the reason that many linux distros are a bit weak in the graphics card driver department, meaning that you could experience large FPS lags depending on your drivers/card.
In terms of your software, all can be easily replaced.
~~Office~~ can be replaced with LibreOffice, a great free office alternative,
~~Notepad++~~ can be replaced with Notepadqq, or you can simply use Notepad++ using wine (if you don't know what wine is, it is a lifesaver when it comes to using windows software in linux).
~~Sony Vegas Pro:~~ can be replaced.. Sort of. It will not work using wine AFAIK, but there are alternatives, such as kdenlive, which work almost as well (I too used to use Vegas pro very frequently as well. It's very close to as good, but doesn't quite get there.)
In terms of distros, and Ubuntu-based distro (like Kubuntu, Xbuntu, etc) would be good, especially since you have experience using them. I would also reccomend Linux Mint Cinnamon. Its a very smooth, clean, and stable environment and distro. Definitely give it a chance before you pick for good.
A final recommendation would be to learn and understand disk partitioning. If you mess this up you can and will lose all of your hard drive data, OS (I destroyed my windows partition because I didn't know what I was doing), and it's a good idea to know what you're doing before you do it.
As far as everything else goes, have fun! The switch to linux is very exciting, and should be a great experience as long as you do it right ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Good luck! Feel free to pm me if you have any questions/problems!
I'll 2nd Libre Office for you. OO is also good but there's some bad history with them and the Libre fork addresses the community problems with OO. I use Libre around 75% of the shops around here as a direct MS Office replacement and it's worked very well. The latest 4.4 version was released with a lot of really good updates for supporting MS Excel features including SQL and Macros. After this last update I don't know if we have any spreadsheets left that it can't replace and we may be at 100% usage when the MS Office updates come around in a few years.
Not sure what you mean by 'at risk' but if you stumbled into this subreddit accidentally I encourage you to stay and learn about the many free software options at your disposal. Not only are many options gratis (without financial cost) but they are also libre (respectful of your personal freedom).
I called out www.libreoffice.org below. For a recently unemployed person I think you'll agree that you can't be the price.
With the amount of stuffing around, cloud servers and changes in the UI
Honestly you be better off using LIBRE OFFICE
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Depends a bit on your definition of "up to date". MS is constantly making small changes and updates, Office 365 lets you choose how often you get these updates and roughly how far behind the development you want to be (further behind = more testing). The every-3-years standalone Office releases are basically a snapshot of "Office" at that moment in time with extra polish and extended support. If you get Office 2019 right now you won't be too far behind the more conservative 365 branches, but by the end of 2021 you will be missing over two years of feature updates.
365 vs 2016 used to be a tough call to recommend based on the use case, but lately Microsoft has been chipping away at the excuses to avoid 365. Got multiple computers? 365 Personal now allows unlimited devices for one user. Know of multiple people that need Office? If you can split up a 365 Home license between 4+ people, that's $25/yr per person or less, 1/3 the price of Personal. University student? You get it at $20/yr regardless, or probably free through your school. None of the above but still totally broke? Stop scraping for first-party software and just get Libre Office already. Use that $150 on your credit card bill.
Use LibreOffice ([link]). For even better results, LyX ([link]) for writing documents and presentations andGnumeric for spreadsheets.
If you insist on staying with Microsoft, just pay them.
Hi! Who is "they"? :-) I guess you mean the LibreOffice community – well, volunteer developers work on what's important to them, and certified developers work on the requests of their customers.
So if you want something to be improved, contribute back to the community that works super hard to give the world a free office suite! If you have some technical knowledge, you can get involved and help the community. Or you can consider funding a certified developer to work on what matters to you.
That's the only way things will continue to improve – new features and fixes don't just happen by magic :-)
> Could LibreOffice offer some paid support like RedHat does? That could be one way to generate revenue.
LibreOffice is a piece of software – if you mean The Document Foundation, it's a non-profit foundation (Stiftung) with various obligations and limitations. One of the goals is to build up a whole ecosystem around LibreOffice so that certified developers can provide professional support: [link]
In turn, they often contribute back to the software and community, so everyone wins in the end :-)
> Free software’s aren't built for free, they're built with developer time, which costs money regardless of whether the software is free or not. Most open source software are paid by the developer it self. That makes the developer it self the investor. Profit margins being what ever the developer values. (ethics, politics, money, status ...)
Actually free software developers mostly care about getting great software at minimal cost. They are often prepared to contribute some of their time to a project that involves hundred to thousands of developers across the world. None of them are paid yet they all profit from the low cost quality software that the collective team produces. After all there are two main ways to get/increase profits ... one is to charge for sales and the other is to reduce costs.
See for example LibreOffice who are we?.
See also VideoLAN, a project and a non-profit organization.
This concept of collaboration (by consumers of a product or service) to reduce costs (rather than competition and profits through sales) has been around for a long time.
See Consumers' co-operative.
>>>> Consumer cooperatives are enterprises owned by consumers and managed democratically which aim at fulfilling the needs and aspirations of their members. They operate within the market system, independently of the state, as a form of mutual aid, oriented toward service rather than pecuniary profit.
You can use "lite" web based versions of some of the Office programs for free here:
LibreOffice offers a suite of programs that are similar to the Microsoft Office programs. It offers compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. LibreOffice is free and you can get more info about that here:
Editable in most word programs; here's what I used: [link]
Cut lines, too!
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There are a few Snaps in the wild like Libreoffice and krita, but chances are you won't really see Snaps at all because the apps will just be available in AppCenter. You'll just suddenly have access to the latest version of apps, no googling required.
The reason you see AppImages in the wild already is because, for one, AppImage has been around for like a decade, but mainly because it doesn't really do anything meaningful. There's no sandboxing, no increased security, no built-in update mechanism, no system integration. We looked at AppImage about 6 years ago and decided it wasn't any better than just using .deb. I have no idea why people are talking about it again now, but it's not a real competitor for Snap or Flatpak
> I forgot how expensive these programs were..
You can also use LibreOffice.
It's completely free, open source, and compatible with Microsoft Office formats.
And it will display Japanese documents just fine.
Just fyi, Open Office is an abandoned project, most of the developers jumped over to developing LibreOffice. And considering that you were using OpenOffice already, I'd say LibreOffice has got you covered.
Don't use OpenOffice. The developers and the company that bought it abandoned it. LibreOffice is the best free Microsoft Office clone out there.
You can call the microsoft store and ask if they can send an replacement disk or let you download it.
You could use this in the interim.
I'd grab the latest version of libreoffice from here: [link]
And then try converting to .docx and see how that works.
They were pushing it as a feature. That's why people were so outraged. Fortunately, they came to there senses and did right by the community. Not only did they return the sorting the the legacy behavior, they also backported those fixes to 4.2.8, so people running stable releases will not be stuck with a broken sort.
LibreOffice has an export to PDF feature. It is a full office suite and is a pretty big download if all you want is a PDF. Windows 7 (and possibly other versions too) includes a print to PDF option. The print to PDF just shows up as an installed printer.
On a serious note, if you need to use something like Google Sheets, you can just click a button to whitelist sheets.google.com or whatever permanently. Even better, you can whitelist just the scripts necessary to make it work, and block extra crap like google analytics.
As an example, look at this article on a news site. Open your browsers dev tools, go to the network tab, hit refresh, and see how it will continue to download shit forever. My computer with an i7-7700k struggles to even scroll through that page.
huh... fair enough, but FYI, [link] (under drive) lets you customize the axes if you click on them... as well as chart type, point size/style, line type, colors, on and on and on, as does [link] calc, and if you google there are lots of free no-install web-based charting tools [link]... there's always hope, charting's always enough of a pain on its own... don't stick w/ bad tools
> But muh Microshit Office 365
Get LibreOffice and stop being a cloud cuck.
OpenOffice has been dead for years. LibreOffice is its successor. You should probably upgrade--it's 100% compatible, and actual receives updates. You should definitely stop recommending OpenOffice.
(I'm starting to feel like I should write a bot.)