In This Chapter
Words fly, writing remains.
—Spanish proverb, from Dictionary of Proverbs, by Delfín Carbonell Basset
These days, just about everyone who has a computer has at least one office suite at their fingertips. If they’re Microsoft Windows users, this suite is probably Microsoft Office, although it may be another worthy contender, such as Corel WordPerfect Office. In Linux, typically the suite is OpenOffice.org. This suite comes with Base (database), Calc (a spreadsheet), Draw (diagrams and figures), Impress (for presentations), Math (a word processor for writing mathematical formulas), and Writer (for word processing).
After you figure out how to use one of the programs in this suite, you may be happy to find that the others are designed to look and work in very similar ways. You can even open and save files in Microsoft Office format, if you need to share them with people who are using it — and you can edit the Office files people send you, too.
That’s enough about OpenOffice.org. In this chapter, you can actually use it!
Other office suites available ...