Desktop productivity tool No. 1: AbiWord 2.8.6
If all you want is a simple word processing application, and OpenOffice.org is overkill, consider [[xref:http://www.abisource.com/|AbiWord 2.8.6]]. Written to emulate the look and feel of Microsoft Word circa Office 97 through Office 2003, AbiWord also dependably emulates the vast majority of Word functions. Especially useful is a live-collaboration function that lets you connect to another AbiWord user across a network and work on the same document in real time. A word of caution: AbiWord can be tripped up by documents created in other programs. Some types of formatting aren't properly preserved, and some features supported in Word (and OpenOffice.org) don't always function as expected. When working with files created outside AbiWord, you should use copies instead of the originals.