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Whether for private, educational or business use, Open Source software is an excellent range of computer software that is easy to use. With programmes such as Open Office for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and other business and office requirements, all the Open Source software is instantly usable by anyone who has a competitive product.
However unlike the similar software programmes that you can buy in the shops, it's totally free! No subscriptions, hidden costs or legal implications and you can install it on as many computers as you like.
It's really flexible too. Open Source is compatible with all the main commercial software applications, so files created using the software can easily be share between different computers and opearing systems.
It's also easy to tailor the programmes to suit your needs. Most Open Source software will run on older computers still using Windows 98, so before you chuck out your old computer try out Open Source.
You can visit your local library and pick up a free cd complete with Open Office and Firefox complete with instructions on how to download or why not click on the links below and find out more below.
Compatible with other major office suites, OpenOffice.org is free to download, use, and distribute. Install it now, and get:
Writer - a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
Calc - a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyse and present data in numerical reports or charts.
Impress - the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.
Draw - lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
Base - lets you manipulate databases. Create and modify tables, forms, queries and reports, all from within OpenOffice.org.
Math - lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.
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