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SOHO: Office rival opens

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For most Windows or Mac OS X users OpenOffice simply didn't cut the mustard despite its zero price tag. Things were a little different in the Linux world, where geekier users appear to relish the challenge of running less polished applications.

However, last month's release of OpenOffice 2.0 has changed everything. The software is vastly improved. Almost every major flaw has been addressed. The new version is impressively fast. While it's still not as pretty as Office, it's no longer hideous to look at. Best of all, the bugs seem to have been well and truly stamped on.

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