This series offers a gentle introduction to Linux for newcomers.
In the previous article in this series we showed how easy it is to install software in Linux. You’ve decided to try Linux but need to make sure your software requirements are met.
Let’s consider popular Windows proprietary software. In this article we recommend great open source replacements that run under Linux.
Probably the best known office suite under Windows is Microsoft Office. Microsoft has made it clear that it sees the desktop office suite future on the cloud with its Microsoft 365 subscription service.
Steer clear of monthly subscription fees and proprietary software. With LibreOffice you get an excellent office suite that is free and open source goodness.
Coming from a Windows background, you’ll no doubt have amassed a large archive of documents stored in Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx), Excel (.xls, xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) and Publisher. Fortunately, LibreOffice is compatible with these document formats. It’s DOCX is saved in native 2013/2016/2019 mode. This greatly improves interoperability across multiple MS Office versions.
But LibreOffice goes much further with its native support for a modern and open standard, the Open Document Format (ODF). ODF 1.3’s most important new features are document digital signatures and OpenPGP-based XML document encryption. The new ODF also boasts improvements in change tracking, and elements first pages, text, numbers, and charts.
LibreOffice is already installed in Ubuntu 21.04, so you’re ready set to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from the off.
There are other open source office suites available. But we recommend you explore LibreOffice. You’ll probably find it meets all your needs and more besides.
Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Office Suite
Page 2 – Web Browser
Page 3 – Media Player
Page 4 – Email Client
Page 5 – Image Viewer
Page 6 – Photo and Image Editor
Page 7 – Audio Editor
Page 8 – Video Editor
Page 9 – PDF Viewer
All articles in this series:
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There's tons of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle and Autodesk. There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.