What's Your Preferred Office Suite

Wanted to find out from the community what Office Suite software you use on Linux. We have options like LibreOffice, OnlyOffice, some might use Office 365 for work or education or even Google Docs. No rules here just the confessions of what office suite you use the most.

Bonus question: If you don’t use an open-source option, what features would the open-source options need to add to make you switch over?

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Libreoffice all the way. Some times, from my nextcloud web, I use collabora online.
For some work, last resort, if absolutely needed and libreoffice is not compatible, I fire up my windows VM and deal with it using MS Office. I had to do that all the time a few years ago. But that happens like a handful of times a year for me lately.

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The answer is mostly Google docs. Reasoning - used heavily at work and hard to change habits. I have libre office installed on my home computers but it’s hard to change habits.

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I’m actually quite fond of Paper still… (I am old fashion ) Like Real paper buut if I have to use one still LibreOffice . Google Docs is nice for sharing cause my other people I talk to use it thus I store an Online and offline back up .

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LibreOffice. I switched years ago and now prefer it to Microsoft Office and definitely prefer it to G-Suite.

I have been trying out FreeOffice recently as I’d heard about it on a few linux podcasts. Not open source, but is very similar to MS Office. I may try it with some family members - the cost seems reasonable to purchase too.

https://www.freeoffice.com/en/

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Well I’m sure it’s not the answer most would agree with. Google docs. The collaboration, and file storage makes it easy peasy. It’s sort of a throw off as I need to use it for work anyways. And the reality is, it allows me to use Linux in my day job. Which is a win no matter what office suite I have to use.

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I’ve used LibreOffice or a direct predecessor of since Sun made StarOffice freeware. It is a great office suite and a jewel of FLOSS software.

That brings me to my confession, my secret office product shame.
I miss Microsoft OneNote and there still isn’t a Linux application which quite matches it. If Joplin, Spectacle, and Xournal++ were smooshed together into a seamless app with handwriting recognition you might get something in the same ballpark.

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Agreed, @PatPlusLinux … OneNote is the one missing piece that we don’t really have an option for in the FOSS world.

μPad is probably the closest I’ve found so far…

https://getmicropad.com/

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At work it’s mostly Microsoft Office, but if i can, i use LibreOffice. At home it’s LibreOffice

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I use LibreOffice Calc regularly (and occasionally Microsoft Excel in a Windows VM when I have to deal with a file that’s full poorly developed macros), but that’s the only component of any office suite that I use. For small stuff like recipes, or other small writeups of useful information I keep for my future self, I’ll gravitate instantly towards markdown. There’s a lot of really nice feature rich markdown editors (I use hackmd.io in the cloud, and VS Code locally), and several ways to generate a PDF for easy sharing.

For larger documents (basically anything that will be longer than two pages, and has at least one image or reference) I use LaTeX (https://www.latex-project.org), which is an incredibly powerful typesetting system. It’s free software, and available in the repo of every Linux distribution I’ve used. Once again, there’s a a number of editors to choose from, of which I use TexStudio (https://www.texstudio.org) and occasionally the cloud-based Overleaf (https://www.overleaf.com). The main draw to LaTeX for me is that I can write just the content, with a bit of code around it to set up the document, and I end up with a very neat PDF without all that tedious mucking about with formatting styles and manual image placement.

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Spouse uses Office 2019 Home and Student for Mac because that’s what is expected for people to use in a more business environment.

I use Libre Office 7.1 at home and I am attempting to transition one of my workplace to use Libre Office as well. I have previously successfully transitioned one of the workplace I work at to full Ubuntu and Libre Office 7.1 with no apparent issues since late Feb this year.

There are a lot of paper cuts on Libre Office particularly when it comes to maintaining its formatting. Sometimes text just randomly switches to the default Liberation Serif font size 12 for some reason. I shouldnt complain because it is free.

I am tempted to purchase and try Softmaker Free Office because the price is reasonable but I got a lot on my plate at the moment that needs financial attention.

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Honestly, at home, it’s mostly Joplin. I use LibreOffice when I need more powerful tools. Sudo Show uses HedgeDoc for its planning.

Work though is almost exclusively on Google Docs. (If it helps, I use Firefox :grin:)

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Generally, I avoid using any office suite at all (markdown/orgmode FTW!) but I always have LibreOffice installed for when it’s necessary or better suited to the situation. In collaborative stuff I just default to whatever the other person is using.

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I can’t use anything other than a plain text editor. Markdown and LaTeX are my best friends.

But if I ever need to touch some office file I open LibreOffice.

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I don’t have a lot of needs for an office suite. As a long-time Apple user I used Numbers and Pages a lot and I still have some documents on it (mainly those shared with my wife). Numbers is great for casuals and to me it’s still the easiest to make nice and clear spreadsheets :grimacing: :innocent:

At first I used LibreOffice but now I use Only Office as it is also working great on the iPad.

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I take the same approach there. I find it ends up being Google Docs in the vast majority of circumstances.

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Yeah, my university has that thing where everything is hosted with Google so that decision is pretty much made.

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If I have to, LibreOffice… otherwise text only. I try not to use spreadsheets, if it wasn’t for other people I wouldn’t use any Office apps, you can accomplish most with text.

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I am a bit shocked that only a few folks use the Collabora.

I guess if I am forced to use online collaborative tools, I’d probably ask that we go for Cryptpad.

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WPS Office, and the biggest thing for me to switch to OSS editor would be it needs to have a UI that doesn’t feel like it is from 1990.

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