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By Jason Jones

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Posted: 13 Jan 2005

Although the uses for a computer is expanding at an unimaginable rate, most people still use their computer largely for basic things, among which are word processing, spreadsheets, and creating presentations. This means if your computer doesn't have some sort of word processor out-of-the-box, you'll most likely end up getting one. Getting a word processor by conventional means could entail spending up to $500.00 for an "Office Suite" program. While this works, not everyone has the means or desire to spend that kind of money on an application when they can get a comparable one for free.

Yup, that's right - FREE.

Unknown to most people, a completely free office suite exists that can both read from and save to Microsoft Office formats. It's called and it rocks.

Novell Linux Desktop comes with the suite installed and ready to go. To start the word processor part of this wonderful suite in Gnome, simply click on the third icon on your main toolbar.

When you click on it, it will open a new window that should look quite familiar to you if you've used word processors in the past. Writer has most of the features of such products as Microsoft Word and others, and will read and export to all widely accepted formats. If you have used word processors in the past, you will find Writer to be quite comfortable. also comes with other office programs such as a spreadsheet program comparable to Microsoft Excel and a presentation program like Power Point. All of's programs read and export to all widely accepted formats.

It's definitely worth a look.

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