What alternatives to LibreOffice (specially LO Writer) does Ubuntu come with. I have seen Abiword there but are there others?

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    You would need to be more specific about what you really expect featurewise. Tautologically, LibreOffice Writers featureset is best covered by LibreOffice Writer. – Bjoern Michaelsen Jan 20 '12 at 15:58

KOffice Calligra Suite

The KOffice project was replaced by Calligra Suite, after some disputes. Calligra Suite is a fork of the 2010 codebase.

IBM Lotus Symphony

uses code from OpenOffice.org and includes enhancements such as new sidebars in its user interface.

Not in the repositories, but I think it is worth mentioning, you may give it a try and see what it brings new to OpenOffice.org besides the interface

Read more: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/home

Other Useful Options

For calculations one could use gnumeric, octave and Python with numpy. A fairly good lightweight word processor, Abiword is available.

For document creation, Latex and Context are excellent systems, the learning curve is a little steep when it comes to Tex based document creation systems, but when one starts reaping the rewards of the power of these systems one will see it is a small price to pay.

For people just starting with Latex, an Interface like lyx Install lyx may be used. There is no substitute for a good Latex editor though, texmaker Install texmaker is a fine one.

Scribus may also be considered, while it is a page layout program and not a word processor there is a story editor that have similar behaviour to a word processor and there are many instance where something like this is better for document creation than a word processor.

For drawing Xfig and Inkscape are quite good.

For database, sqliteman interface to the sqlite database system

  • I am actually looking for alternative to the writer and the rest of a complete office suite. Latex is not really a friendly office suite. Is good that you know them but it is not a real alternative. – Luis Alvarado Jan 20 '12 at 17:39
  • I will accept the answer but if you could add more (including Abiword without paying attention that I mentioned it in the question). – Luis Alvarado Jan 20 '12 at 21:17
  • I was not suggesting Latex to be an Office suite alternative, just the word processing, when used with Lyx or a special Latex editor things can get a lot easier for the beginner, There are serious advantages over word processing so I could not help but mention it. – Sabacon Jan 20 '12 at 21:18
  • Lotus Symphony is only available for Linux on 32 bit operating systems. – Mark Rooney Jan 20 '12 at 21:48

Calligra Suite is the actually developed fork of KOffice.


Local one:

  • OpenOffice

  • AbiWord

  • Lotus


  • Google

  • Zoho

If to talk about free, of course, there's Microsoft one services.


As i know, IBM Lotus Symphony's release life cycle has ended. So i don't think it is a good option anymore. By the way it is also a fork, but fork of OpenOffice.


At the suggestion of @k0pernikus, I've put my comment into an answer:

Now worth an "answer" but if you have a google account, you can use Google Docs. I find myself using it quite often.

  • +1, I prefer google docs for all my work over libreoffice. – db42 Jan 22 '12 at 16:35
  • For some Google docs might be sufficient, for me it's not. The major pain I'm facing is ODF compatibility and 20+ features 99% of the people I work with expect you to be able to work with (e.g. Record Changes, custom styles, auto generated Table Of Contents, etc.) – gertvdijk Dec 31 '12 at 0:54

There is also WPS Office, a Chinese Microsoft Office clone.

Note: I haven't tried it out myself yet, but you will find a number of testimonies in the comment section of the link above.

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