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Office and Productivity Software Articles Index

GNU-Linux and Microsoft Windows Office and Productivity Software. MozillaQuest Magazine shows you how-to-use your GNU-Linux or MS Windows PC software & hardware. Office and Productivity Software articles & information help you get bang for the bucks you spend on your GNU-Linux or MS-Windows computer system & software. Richard Stallman's Free Software Foundation (FSF) provides the GNU GPL (General Public License) under which much free and open source software is freely developed and distributed. Learn about great alternatives to MS Office such as AbiWord, KOffice, OpenOffice, and StarOffice. None of these alternatives to MS Office require product activation. AbiWord, KOffice and OpenOffice are free, open source software. StarOffice is very reasonably priced.


KShowmail: A KDE Tool to Manage and Read E-Mail

By Mike Angelo -- 6 December 2003

Writer is a free word processor for GNU-Linux, FreeBSD, MAC, MS-Windows, Unix, and more

Creating a Simple Newsletter with OpenOffice/StarOffice Writer

By Mike Angelo -- 25 November 2003

OpenOffice 1.1 -- A Complete Office/Productivity Software Suite

By Mike Angelo -- 21 November 2003

Gaël Duval, Joe Eckert, Randy Plessor, Jeremy White, and Mike Angelo Discuss Linux and Open-Source Software in Schools and Colleges

Young People -- The Future of Linux

By Mike Angelo -- 6 September 2003

Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

Microsoft PR Does Not Refute Mandrake Linux Better Than Windows

By Mike Angelo -- 11 July 2003

Don't Forget the Books

By Mike Angelo -- 2 January 2003

Linux Makes a Great Gift

By Mike Angelo -- 24 December 2002

Christmas Season Holidays & Computer Suggestions 2002: Overview

By Mike Angelo -- 22 December 2002

AbiWord 1.0.1 Quick Look

MS Word Clone for Linux, MS Windows, & Other Platforms

By Mike Angelo -- 10 May 2002

KDE 3.0 Released -- Binaries and Source Code Available for Downloading

4 April 2002

Linux Gifts for Christmas, Holiday, and All Occasions

By Mike Angelo -- 24 December 2001

KDE 2.2 Released -- Binaries and Source Code Available for Downloading

20 August 2001

Is Netscape Losing the Browser Wars?

Part I: Linux Could Be Netscape's Last Browser Battlefield

Part II: Why Are Major Linux Distributions Rejecting Netscape 6?

By Mike Angelo -- 17 May, 20 May 2001

AbiWord - A Free, Decent, MS Word Clone for the Linux, MS Windows, & Other Platforms

By Mike Angelo -- 4 April 2001

Linux for Microsoft Windows Users: #4-- Getting Started Using the Windows-Like Desktop for Linux

By Mike Angelo -- 26 March 2001


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Microsoft Office & OpenOffice Licensing Note

The applicable Microsoft greedy, end-user agreements (EULAs) taken together with Microsoft's horrible Product Activation system mean that With MS Office 2003 and its product family, you are restricted to installing Office 2003 on only one desktop computer and one laptop computer for each copy or license for MS Office 2003 that you buy from Microsoft.

OpenOffice is Open Source Software and thus not only free, but you may install it on as many machines as you like.

Microsoft Product Activation Note

OpenOffice does not require any product activation nonsense nor does it require product registration.

If there were no other reason to chose OpenOffice over MS Office XP or 2003, not having to put up with the Microsoft product activation mechanism would be more than reason enough to chose OpenOffice!

There are many reasons why Microsoft product activation is a bad thing. Discussion of all the bad and obnoxious things about Microsoft product activation is beyond the scope of today's article. However, a word of caution to anyone who is considering installing Microsoft Office XP or 2003 on a computer system.

The Microsoft product activation mechanism that Office XP and 2003 places on your system can shut down your MS Office applications until such time as Microsoft decides to let you use your own software that you bought and paid for. In other words, Microsoft, not you, ultimately is in control of your Office XP or 2003 applications.

There is something that you can do to counter the Microsoft product activation mechanism if it does shut down your Office XP or 2003 applications. Install OpenOffice on your computer before Microsoft can shut you down. Then you can access all your MS Office files on the computer even though the Microsoft product activation mechanism has shut down your Office XP or 2003 software

The product activation mechanism in MS Office 2003 is not likely to shut down your entire computer. However, it effectively can shut down MS Office 2003 and its component products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and so forth. The MS Office 2003 product activation mechanism, puts Microsoft and not you in control of your office and productivity software.

Fortunately, AbiWord and OpenOffice have MS Windows versions. So, when Microsoft's Office 2003 product activation scheme shuts you down, just open your MS Word documents in AbiWord or OpenOffice Writer, Excel documents in OpenOffice Calc, PowerPoint documents in Impress and so forth.

For more about why Linux is so much a better choice, please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

To learn how to run MS Windows-based software and accessories in GNU-Linux, please see our article Crossover Office 2.1 Runs MS Windows Software on GNU-Linux Systems