Introduction

OpenOffice.org is free, open source software.

Introduction

The OpenOffice.org logo.

“Free” in this case is more a matter of philosophy than price. I explain free and open source software concepts at greater length in Chapter 12, “OpenOffice.org as a Community Effort.” For now, just know that, despite being free, OpenOffice.org is an easy-to-use, professional-quality office software suite that consistently wins rave reviews.

This wealth of features is why this book is laid out the way it is, with lots of short chapters that each cover one OpenOffice.org feature. The accompanying Flash videos—on the second CD in the back of the book—follow the same pattern. ...

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