Wednesday, January 04, 2006

For Linux AND Windows... FREE

The book isn't free, but the software is. The book is about the software suite, a free to download and use open-source software alternative to Microsoft Office.

I have read Robin Miller's other book, titled "Point & Click Linux", which was a very good introduction to linux for non-technical computer users. I would expect that this book is an excellent introduction to OpenOffice. Here is an excerpt from the review:

New book eases switch from MS Office to 2.0

If you're among the many people considering dumping Microsoft Office for 2.0 but fear change, well, that's normal. However, now there is a new book entitled Point & Click!, authored by leading open-source journalist Robin "Roblimo" Miller, that aims specifically to quell such fears.

The book includes two CD-ROMS -- one with "how-to" video tutorials demonstrating 20 essential tasks, and one including all the software discussed: OpenOffice 2.0 for Linux (and Windows), plus the latest versions of the Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird email software. 2.0 is a complete office productivity software suite that includes all the features a desktop user needs for a Linux (or Windows) computer: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing -- even databases. And it has a big advantage in that it is completely free of charge.

In this book, Miller teaches how to use in simplified fashion, calling on skills any average desktop user already should have, the publisher says...

You can read the whole review HERE.

Would you like to download and try OpenOffice? Then vist the website. I've use OpenOffice (ver. 1.4) at work and find it valuble for many tasks. It has excellent features for desktop publishing, I use it to produce brochures, and meets our business needs perfectly.


Anonymous said...

Excellent post. is a wonderful program, and the 2.0 version is a great improvement. Anyone can easily try it out just by downloading it from and double-clicking the downloaded file. The version you download is the full, totally free-of-charge version. And if you're interested in presentatins, graphic art, diagrams, or databases, you'll be particularly delighted with this version.

Chas said...

I haven't tried 2.0 yet, but I'm going to download it tomorrow and give it a whirl.

I see that your blog is devoted to OpenOffice:

You got some interesting items there, I'm going to bookmark it for future reference. Thanks for posting!