OpenOffice Compatibility & Installation
On the subject of OpenOffice and MS Office compatibility (a subject that concerns many would-be converts), in Exploring the Compatibility of Microsoft Word and Open Office Writer Rob Dubas discusses the areas of seamless compatibility between the two, but also highlights where, at times, there is a complete breakdown in communication between the two, first on looking at the basics - .doc format, fonts, layout/formatting.
In the second part of this series - Compatibility Between Microsoft Word and Open Office Writer: Advanced Functions, Rob looks at deeper compatibility issues concerning tables, images, breaks, columns and track changes. He also intimates at how, without the help of WINE, you still may encounter problems with the most complex of formatting and image based documents.
Even though OpenOffice comes as default on the major Linux distros, for upgrade and restore purposes Josef Nankivell looks at the release of OpenOffice 3.0 with its enhanced feature set. His article on Installing OpenOffice on Ubuntu provides a step-by-step guide to the upgrade/restore process on the most popular of Linux distros.
For further OOO install reference material, Rob looks at Installing Open Office.Org on a Debian system. This simple beginner's guide should help you get started with OpenOffice. These steps will help you to simply download, decompress, install, and run OOO. There is also guidance for desktop integration tweaks and file associations with Gnome and KDE.
Wanting to take OpenOffice mobile? Or simply didn't know there was the ability to run a portable version of OOO? In OpenOffice.org Portable On Linux? Berry Van der Linden looks at how easy and effective the portable OpenOffice 3.0 release is, asking, for office productivity on the go, does it work and how productive can you be?