Apache OpenOffice

Monday August 26, 2013

Back to School with Apache OpenOffice

Chesterfield County school bus and students

As August comes to a close it is time for millions of children and young adults to return to school.   In preparation, parents empty their wallets for a variety of necessities: clothes, shoes, backpacks, notebooks, pencils, calculators, etc.   But with one common back-to-school item parents and students often overpay by $100, $200 or more.  In many cases parents can save money by using open source equivalents of commercial application software.  For example, Apache OpenOffice is a desktop productivity suite -- absolutely free -- that can be used instead of Microsoft Office.

Open source software is software that is made available to the public at no charge, free to use and copy.  Those who know how to program can even freely modify the software if they want.  The Apache Software Foundation is a non-profit organization whose charitable mission is to publish open source software for the public to use.  That's what we do.   One program that we publish that is especially useful to students is Apache OpenOffice,  the free and open productivity suite, for Windows, Mac OS and Linux, including the tools that every student needs:  a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation editor.

Ten Reasons Use Apache OpenOffice for School

  1. OpenOffice is free.  Commercial alternatives cost $100 or more.
  2. Because it is free you can install OpenOffice on all of your computers without any additional charge.  Commercial products make you pay extra for the ability to install on multiple computers.
  3. You can install and use OpenOffice, with no subscription fees -- ever.  Updates are free as well.
  4. School districts, by using OpenOffice in the classroom, can save money in their budget, but also allow their students (and their parents) to run the same software at home for free.   This is the open source advantage.
  5. OpenOffice works the same on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.  You are not trapped in a single operating system.
  6. OpenOffice speaks your language.  It is available in over 20 languages, with many more translations in progress.
  7. You can run OpenOffice from a USB-stick and so work everywhere using your personal settings, even if OpenOffice is not yet installed on your friend's PC. 
  8. There are over 1000 document templates for OpenOffice, free to download, including many templates designed for education.
  9. OpenOffice is extensible with 100's of free extensions that you can download.
  10. As an all-volunteer open source project we welcome students, teachers and parents interested in helping us develop the next great version of OpenOffice. Learn new skills and gain valuable experience working on an open source project, while helping to improve the tools that you use yourself.

You can download our latest release, Apache OpenOffice 4.0, here.


The same applies for university students. I've been using the latest OpenOffice 4.0 release for all my assignments, and it's worked a treat. It's more responsive than The Competition, the sidebar is more space efficient on my tiny MacBook Air display than The Ribbon. A win all around. ^_^

Posted by Ruben Schade on August 27, 2013 at 08:24 AM UTC #

wonderful office software package

Posted by Charles Biggs on September 09, 2013 at 02:42 PM UTC #

Just need to send a note to someone at Open Office to say thanks. I am not in position at this time to donate to the cause, but I want to express my genuine gratitude for what you offer an more important, what you do. i am

Posted by chuck on September 12, 2013 at 12:17 AM UTC #

To the school we can return with OO4 almost everywhere without Poland... Thank you for tardiness again...

Posted by marcadir on September 13, 2013 at 05:42 AM UTC #

Waiting for the Polish version 4.0 now. The Open Office is already using 10 years. Well done guys :)

Posted by Pozycjonowanie Blog on September 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM UTC #

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