The Surfer's Guide to Free Software

LibreOffice:

LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice.org, is a complete, multiplatform and multilingual office suite including a word processor, a spreadsheet application, a presentation tool and more. It uses the OASIS Open Document Format (ODF). Furthermore, it can import/export many other formats including, of course, Microsoft Office Documents (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.). Very useful is also the built-in export-as-PDF tool.

For those of you who like to use clip arts in their documents: the Open Clip Art Library (www.openclipart.org) offers thousands of images for download.
Also of interest might be the extension languagetool, which is an open source grammar checker for several languages. (LibreOffice natively has a spell-checker and thesaurus included, but no grammar checking.)

LibreOffice can be downloaded from www.libreoffice.org.
Here are some screenshots:

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How to insert LaTeX-equations into Libreoffice presentations:

There has been an extension called TexMaths (a fork of the old OpenOffice extension OooLatex, but more powerful) around for some time, which was designed to do this job in Libreoffice:
This extension will render your LaTeX equations either as svg graphics or optionally (as a fallback) as png (pixel-)graphics. The result will behave exactly as svg (or png) pictures, even when exported to other office formats, but in Libreoffice the orginial LaTeX code will be saved together with the picture and TexMaths will allow you to modify and rerender at any time.


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