I'm thinking about buying a Linux OS netbook, but I want to use Word documents on it, and be able to send said documents to people running MS Windows OSs. Just want to check that people have done this without losing all the formatting in the Word documents (which would be disastrous for me, I'm a formatting monkey).
It certainly won't lose all the formatting, but there are sometimes issues with formatting between Word and OpenOffice 2. I haven't used OpenOffice 3 on Linux, so I can't say with any certainty if it's better.
You should generally be fine with openoffice though. We've run a business with Linux only (Except for our accounts package) for 4 years, and worked for another business doing the same for 2 years before that, so its quite possible
Yes, I use OpenOffice on Linux on my Netbook with no problems. I don't offhand recall whether it's OpenOffice 2 or 3, and my battery is flat just at the moment, but I've not had any formatting problems at all (I was pleasantly surprised).
I had a Mac (G4) once. It blew itself up literally a week after the one-year warranty expired. The snotty attitude of the man at the help centre was absolutely infuriating and I swore I'd never buy one again (the software is so expensive).
But of course I have an iPod and lust after an iPhone.
Ooooh, well, it's here. It's small (obv. ). Set-up was straightforward. It doesn't have Office (for some reason I thought it would but that's my bad), so I'll have to getapiratecopy shell out for that. Can't connect to the internet yet cos DP has set up some weird security thing on our wireless, so will report back when he has sorted that out.
Well then, have sorted out the wireless. It loads big sites (eg BBC, Guardian home page) much more quickly than my normal PC (DP says this is because my usual one has a slower processor). Streams audio well. The only thing I haven't yet done is watch any video, but it's thumbs up so far!
flibberty - you could get your dp to download Lotus Symphony symphony.lotus.com for free, as it has an option to open and save back automatically into MS Office format. It's based on open office, and works on linux.