And it's also true that 10% of the time, everyone needs another 1% of those features that aren't present in Google Docs. And it's a different 1% for everyone. = P
Thanks for the suggestions,I installed Abiword from the repository and it is working like a charm Also read from the internet and changed the default save format to .doc
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I use libreoffice when I have to work with someone else's MS office documents, though for reading .doc files sometimes I just use antiword.
For creating documents I mostly use Emacs in conjuction with a markup language like RST or org-mode.
I try to consciously choose to use LibreOffice whenever I can, but Google Docs is immeasurably more convenient, considering how much easier it is to share a document with a large group of people privately.
I'm also a big fan of the Calligra suite.
About the integration of default applications (LO, TB, FF), I agree that the links are too tight in Ubuntu IMHO. It's rather difficult to change these defaults.
The most difficult part is to remove the dependencies. For that, you need Synaptic. Once done, using the .debs is very easy, especially with command line (I use it only to install application). The bash history even saves a lot of typing.
For OpenOffice for example, once the LO packages from the Ubuntu default installation have been removed, the installation with dpkg works just fine and you can even install LO in parallel (with dpkg too).
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Libre Office for me.
A friendly & helpful Linux community who has started a large cursor theme project. If you are sick of tiny cursors, go here and get one.
BTW, most of these problems come when saving in the Office 10 xml format, saving them in the old MS 2007 or prior compatibility mode usually crosses the brand barrier with no issues.
Microsoft Office simply because I always have a lot of trouble with LibreOffice and OpenOffice. I try to use LibreOffice and OpenOffice as much as I possibly can though.
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Mostly LibreOffice. Google Docs for notes and tips.