This blog is quickly becoming what I intended it to be in the first place – a hub of legally available free data based on real every-day needs of users. This blog is actually based on real-life situations and personal experience. Over the years I’ve become the go-to guy when it comes to anything related to computers, even if that’s just a stupid question like “My laptop is on fire, what do you suggest I should do?” Well, turning on the air-conditioner will probably not help, so taking it to a shop that has a service, is probably the obvious choice.
I do however get to answer smarter questions too. Just last night a friend of mine was whining about not having anything better to work with than the ever so simple Wordpad, which we all know, pretty much sucks. So, really, what can you do when there’s a piece of software you really need, in this case an Office suite, but want to stay legal, and keep your money as well? My instant answer to her question was OpenOfficeOrg, which she probably ended up using, but it got me thinking: there must be at least another alternative. Guess what? There is! It is called Soft Maker Office 2008. Is it good? Yeah, it’s great actually! There are rumours and also very solid opinions that it is in fact better than OpenOfficeOrg. Whatever the case would be, now you have an alternative to the free alternative as well. Isn’t that nice? 😀
Dany (see comments), was nice enough to bring to my attention the “abandoned ship” nature of Open Office.org. Now, that does not mean, it is not downloadable or unusable but rather that it’s a product that by definition will probably not get any better than what it is today, or technically speaking version 3.3 is the last. While that is sad news, and mostly caused by the giant Oracle, no worries, the guys that developed OOo, reinvented the wheel, made it better and called it LibreOffice which is also FREE!