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Personally, despite qualifications in using it, I have never liked Microsoft Office and for writers, LibreOffice is the better option. It does have glitches, but as I use it I am finding that most issues have an answer that is more about my lack of understanding than about LibreOffice itself. I have tried Calibre and most other word processors out of interest and prefer LibreOffice, bug or no bugs.

I may ask a lot of questions, but I hold that if someone like me who as my ex-husband said, "will never be a programmer as you have not the brain for it," can use LibreOffice (and prefers it on anything Linux,) then anyone can. It is just that people get taught MSO at colleges and never realise there is another way. I object because it is a monopoly that excluded those who are not rich enough to access those tools and yet to get by one needs this particular set of tools to be employable in many cases.

For most people, LibreOffice is fine because they have no need for the stuff where you find the glitches. It is when you do the fancier stuff like using styles etc that the glitches might appear.

(Many think that they are incapable of using styles or doing anything more than making a heading in capitals and putting things in italic and bold! They think styles are a mysterious land for the initiated. (I meet a lot of these people. For some reason they are sure their computer might break if they do anything as complicated!) I speak from the experience of marking many essays! I spend time downloading and installing things for friends who think this is a mysterious, complicated process beyond their capabilities. I keep telling them anyone can. People make money out of making a simple thing complicated so people think they need to be taught it. My point is that Microsoft is a monopoly and people are fooled into thinking alternatives are for the clever or initiated. How many "Learn LibreOffice courses do you see in Community Education? LibreOffice is actually easier to use. It might have a few problems but the advantages outweigh this.

Anyway, most of the time, the issue is with the user and lack of experience. If there are bugs etc then it will probably affect those who are experienced. I use all sorts of add-ons but my friends are kind of like "uh I better not I might break LibreOffice." "Ooh no I couldn't use a style as I couldn't understand that and why can't I just do what I have always done." They will not have done anything so fancy in MS Word either.

I also object to how those who produce hardware buy a Microsoft licence and then do not mention that at some point, this licence will expire. Sometime before this, the user will have bought a version of Microsoft Word. This means at some point all the money paid out literally disappears because your average person using something to "look at the Internet and write things" has no idea of how to make back ups for their OS or that the Microsoft Word they thought they were buying will expire if they got it as part of their computer deal. The worst that can happen is you can need to reinstall LibreOffice. This is not difficult to do.

Yet those who live anywhere in the world can have a Linux system and Libre Office and discover that most things we pay for have a viable Open Source alternative that works well. Once you realise you can copy and paste code into the terminal it all gets less daunting. Of course, those with the monopoly do not want Joe or Jane Public to know this

Or they can have it installed on their Microsoft OS. Most people are amazed that their computer does not break when you do that and they can have two Word processors side by side if the Microsoft one is still working. I have, over time, renovated three different laptops using Ubuntu and that comes bundled with LibreOffice. Several times I have helped friends who are in despair as they no longer have Microsoft Word and cannot afford to buy it although they thought they had it forever. I don't think it right people should be sold something that implies there is no other word processor other than Microsoft Word or Office or whatever it is.

There is also greater likelihood of finding solutions to problems with LibreOffice as it is not easy and often expensive to get advice from companies.

By the way, the online versions of anything never work as well as LibreOffice. I have tried them all.

Personally, despite qualifications in using it, I have never liked Microsoft Office and for writers, LibreOffice is the better option. It does have glitches, but as I use it I am finding that most issues have an answer that is more about my lack of understanding than about LibreOffice itself. I have tried Calibre and most other word processors out of interest and prefer LibreOffice, bug or no bugs.

I may ask a lot of questions, but I hold that if someone like me who as my ex-husband said, "will never be a programmer as you have not the brain for it," can use LibreOffice (and prefers it on anything Linux,) then anyone can. It is just that people get taught MSO at colleges and never realise there is another way. I object because it is a monopoly that excluded those who are not rich enough to access those tools and yet to get by one needs this particular set of tools to be employable in many cases.

For most people, LibreOffice is fine because they have no need for the stuff where you find the glitches. It is when you do the fancier stuff like using styles etc that the glitches might appear.

(Many think that they are incapable of using styles or doing anything more than making a heading in capitals and putting things in italic and bold! They think styles are a mysterious land for the initiated. (I meet a lot of these people. For some reason they are sure their computer might break if they do anything as complicated!) I speak from the experience of marking many essays! I spend time downloading and installing things for friends who think this is a mysterious, complicated process beyond their capabilities. I keep telling them anyone can. People make money out of making a simple thing complicated so people think they need to be taught it. My point is that Microsoft is a monopoly and people are fooled into thinking alternatives are for the clever or initiated. How many "Learn LibreOffice LibreOffice" courses do you see in Community Education? LibreOffice is actually easier to use. It might have a few problems but the advantages outweigh this.

Anyway, most of the time, the issue is with the user and lack of experience. If there are bugs etc then it will probably affect those who are experienced. I use all sorts of add-ons but my friends are kind of like "uh I better not I might break LibreOffice." "Ooh no I couldn't use a style as I couldn't understand that and why can't I just do what I have always done." They will not have done anything so fancy in MS Word either.

I also object to how those who produce hardware buy a Microsoft licence and then do not mention know that at some point, this licence will expire. Sometime before this, the user will have bought a version of Microsoft Word. This means at some point all the money paid out literally disappears because your average person using something to "look at the Internet and write things" has no idea of how to make back ups for their OS or that the Microsoft Word they thought they were buying will expire if they got it as part of their computer deal. The worst that can happen is you can need to reinstall LibreOffice. This is not difficult to do.

Yet those who live anywhere in the world can have a Linux system and Libre Office and discover that most things we pay for have a viable Open Source alternative that works well. Once you realise you can copy and paste code into the terminal it all gets less daunting. Of course, those with the monopoly do not want Joe or Jane Public to know this

Or they can have it installed on their Microsoft OS. Most people are amazed that their computer does not break when you do that and they can have two Word processors side by side if the Microsoft one is still working. I have, over time, renovated three different laptops using Ubuntu and that comes bundled with LibreOffice. Several times I have helped friends who are in despair as they no longer have Microsoft Word and cannot afford to buy it although they thought they had it forever. I don't think it right people should be sold something that implies there is no other word processor other than Microsoft Word or Office or whatever it is.

There is also greater likelihood of finding solutions to problems with LibreOffice as it is not easy and often expensive to get advice from companies.

By the way, the online versions of anything never work as well as LibreOffice. I have tried them all.