OpenOffice.org is both an open source product and a project. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It combines the key desktop applications--such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, drawing program, mathematical editor, database application and web page design tool--with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.
SUN sells a commercial office suite based on OpenOffice.org, called StarOffIce. Students can download it free from sun.com.
Install OpenOffice by means of your distribution, as described at Installing Software. If this is not possible, download it from http://www.openoffice.org.
To start OpenOffice, open a console and type
The "s" in "soffice" is used for consistency with StarOffIce.
The OpenOffice suite consists of