LibreOffice an Open Source Office Productivity suite a very good alternative to Microsoft office Products or any other propriety office productivity suites.

LibreOffice is a office suite as famous Open Source Software being used widely for word processing. It  is a fork of OpenOffice.org  & developed by The Document Foundation in 2010. The LibreOffice suite is set of programs to do word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, maintain databases, and compose math formulas.

It is perfect alternative to any office productivity suite when it comes to word processing. LibreOffice announced new version of LibreOffice 4.2.2. People who uses Linux as operating system enjoys this office productivity suite as pre-installed application when they install various distributions of Linux on their computers.

We can easily install LibreOffice on:

  • Debian / Ubuntu Linux x64 (deb)
  • RedHat /CentOS / Fedora Linux x64 (rpm)
  • Debian / Ubuntu Linux x86 (deb)
  • RedHat /CentOS / Fedora Linux x86 (rpm)
  • Mac OS X (Intel)
  • Mac OS X (x86_64 10.8 or newer required)
  • Windows XP / Windows 7 etc

To download latest LibreOffice Suite http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

LibreOffice Extensions:

LibreOffice supports third-party extensions.  As of June 2013, the LibreOffice Extension Repository lists more than 190 extensions.  Another list is maintained by Apache OpenOffice and one by the Free Software Foundation.

We can make it more useful with smart extensions of LibreOffice

http://extensions.libreoffice.org/

Features  

Writer A word processor with similar functionality and file support to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. It has extensive WYSIWYG word processing capabilities, but can also be used as a basic text editor

Calc A spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3. It has a number of unique features, including a system which automatically defines series of graphs, based on information available to the user.

Impress A presentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint. Presentations can be exported as SWF files, allowing them to be viewed on any computer with Adobe Flash installed

Draw A vector graphics editor and diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Visio and comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It provides connectors between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It also includes features similar to desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher

Math Math: An application designed for creating and editing mathematical formula. The application uses a variant of XML for creating formulas, as defined in the OpenDocument specification. These formulas can be incorporated into other documents in the LibreOffice suite, such as those created by Writer or Calc, by embedding the formulas into the document.

System Requirements

  • Windows
  • Apple Mac OSX
  • GNU/Linux

Windows

The software and hardware prerequisites for installing LibreOffice on a Windows system are as follows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8;
  • Pentium-compatible PC (Pentium III, Athlon or more-recent system recommended);
  • 256 Mb RAM (512 Mb RAM recommended);
  • Up to 1.5 Gb available hard disk space;
  • 1024×768 resolution (higher resolution recommended), with at least 256 colors.

Administrator rights are needed for the installation process. It is a recommended best practice to back-up your system and data before you remove or install software.

For certain features of the software – but not most – Java is required. Java is notably required for Base

Apple – Mac OS X

The software and hardware prerequisites for installing on a Apple Mac OS X computer are as follows:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher;
    (since LibreOffice 4.1 – Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for versions up to 4.0.x)
  • Intel processor;
    (Note: as of LibreOffice v.4.1 support for PowerPC has been dropped);
  • 512 Mb RAM;
  • Up to 800 Mb available hard disk space;
  • 1024×768 graphic device with 256 colors (higher resolution recommended).

For certain features of the software – but not most – Java is required. Java is notably required for Base.

It is a recommended best practice to back-up your system and data before you remove or install software.

GNU/Linux 

As a general rule, you are recommended to install LibreOffice via the installation methods recommended by your particular Linux distribution (such as the Ubuntu Software Center, in the case of Ubuntu Linux).This is because it is usually the simplest way to obtain an installation that is optimally integrated into your system. Indeed, LibreOffice may well be already installed by default when you originally install your Linux operating system.

The community-supplied LibreOffice installers are provided for users having special needs, and for out-of-the-ordinary cases.

The software and hardware prerequisites for installing on Linux are as follows:

  • Linux kernel version 2.6.18 or higher;
  • glibc2 version 2.5 or higher;
  • gtk version 2.10.4 or higher;
  • Pentium-compatible PC (Pentium III, Athlon or more-recent system recommended);
  • 256Mb RAM (512Mb RAM recommended);
  • Up to 1.55Gb available hard disk space;
  • X Server with 1024×768 resolution (higher resolution recommended), with at least 256 colors;
  • Gnome 2.16 or higher, with the gail 1.8.6 and at-spi 1.7 packages (required for support for assistive technology [AT] tools), or another compatible GUI (such as KDE, among others).

For certain features of the software – but not most – Java is required. Java is notably required for Base.

It is a recommended best practice to back-up your system and data before you remove or install software.

For more help about LibreOffice please visit Documentation page: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/documentation/

Sources http://www.libreoffice.org/  and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice

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