What alternatives exist for editing Microsoft Word documents (docx)?
I know about OpenOffice and Google docs. What else is out there?
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LibreOffice is the replacement for OpenOffice and does the same job.
Which is a part of gnome-office also supports docx format.
I can certify you that LibreOffice opens correctly Office 2007 Documents (docx) AND saves them correctly. I have tested till now a little over 50 documents which include tables, pictures, a lot of different margins, paragraphs, etc..
They open, read and save correctly. Tested with LibreOffice 3.3.2 and OpenOffice 3.3.0. With OpenOffice you will have a problem that text will move up or down and maybe even change the way they look. But in LibreOffice you will not.
This is a headache i can say goodbye at least for now.
Use the following to install the latest LibreOffice:
NOTE - When you add the PPA of LibreOffice the option to remove OpenOffice will appear. I recommend you remove it since, trust me, it will be far better.
If you want to guarantee perfect compatibility with the docx format you could always run Office 2007 under Wine. Not the best for the open source ethos but it does work well if you already have a copy of office.
IBM's Lotus Symphony is a great word processor with full .docx support. It's proprietary, however.
I've always used Microsoft Office 2007 on Wine. It works perfectly!
Right now, LibreOffice is not mature enough to be considered a replacement to Office 2007 IMO
Use these office suites:
K Office - http://www.koffice.org/
You can also use Softmaker Office. It is not for free, but from time to time they have a special where you can get it for free.
I am throwing my hat into the LibreOffice ring also. So far it has worked at least as well as OpenOffice for me, and since it will be replacing OpenOffice in the next release of Ubuntu, it should be well-supported at least in Ubuntuland.
You can use wps office which is a Chinese imitation of ms office 2010 for linux and windows (and it's free!!!), if you use LibreOffice sometimes the pictures move etc., but with wps office this dosen't happen and the sty is exacly the same but for ubuntu for now is a Beta1 version, some things need to go beter.
Installation in terminal:
For downloading the deb:
$ wget -c wdl.cache.ijinshan.com/wps/download/Linux/unstable/wps-office_220.127.116.1124~b1p2_i386.deb
For the installation:
$ sudo dpkg -i wps-office_18.104.22.16824~b1p2_i386.deb
And for changing the language from Chinese to English:
$ cd /opt/kingsoft/wps-office/office6/2052 $ sudo rm qt.qm wps.qm wpp.qm et.qm
Sorry for my spelling.
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