Alternative Office Suite Software – AND IT IS FREE! by Art Frenz
No Special Requirements
This is a two-session course about a free and open source office suite. The LibreOffice programs (apps) are free to download and use on your PC, MAC or Linux system. The LibreOffice Suite has a beginning that goes back to 1985. It has been supported by The Document Foundation since 2010, is available in 115 languages and has been downloaded over 55 million times.
The LibreOffice is very compatible with the Microsoft Office and for most people, is considered a free alternative. The first class will provide a brief history of the program and an overview of the modules. You will see how easy it is to download and install. Sample files will be presented and some of the options will be discussed. Students are encouraged to install the program and test it with the intent of bringing questions to the second class.
Time permitting, we will have a demonstration of using a LibreOffice relational database and how to use some of the ‘user friendly’ wizards. At the conclusion of the course, a handout will include websites for LibreOffice, tutorials and hundreds of other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
Both Art and his wife Diane retired in 2009 and moved from Florida to the North Georgia Mountains where they enjoy the change of seasons and the mountains. In 2010 they joined ICL and have since served various positions on the ICL board. They and their Welsh Springer Spaniels, Morgan and Torri, currently live full-time in Blairsville. They enjoy camping, genealogy, and cooking. They have two sons, and four grandchildren.