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You've built a linux desktop. You've mounted the learning curve to configure the hardware (or paid someone else to do so) and you are able to do your own work on the machine. You've discovered that if you can point and click you can run a modern linux OS on your desktop.

But how is it you will ever relate to the rest of the world? What do you do with the MS attachments people send you? How do you enjoy the music distributed in formats for a Windows World?

First, for the impatient working in a gui environment, here is a quick mapping from the proprietary tools you may have used in the past to the tools now potentially available on your new linux installation.

MS Word KWord, AbiWord, OpenOffice Writer
MS Excel Gnumeric, KSpread, OpenOffice Calc
MS Powerpoint OpenOffice Impress

Openoffice.org seeks to permit you to deal with the word, excel and powerpoint files your colleagues may send you as an attachment, to manipulate those files and save them back to a format your MS-using coworkers may still be dependent on. OOo's Writer will read and write Word formatted .doc files (and many other popular formats, as well). OOo's Calc will read and write .xls excel files, OOo's Impress reads and writes a .ppt powerpoint presentation file.

And it does a fine job with each of these formats.



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