I thought I would give a quick and dirty reveiw of Open Office from a complete noob's perspective. I know that when downloading they recommend those with no experience with X11 or Unix wait till the native OSX release but i thought I would try it anyway. heck its only a$2200 machine. Since I work for the public schools system, I cannot afford MS Office (even with the student/teacher discount) so I thought I would try Open Office. I was worried because I KNOW nothing about Unix or X11 but I figured I have to learn something new today. Anyway, downloading and set up was a breeze. Very straight forward. Then I get to the screen where I have to enter in the commands in the X11 terminal. Got a little squirrely here. Here are the commands to be entered in: setenv DISPLAY localhost:0 setenv DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH /Applications/OpenOffice.org1.1.2/program:/Applications/OpenOffice.org1.1.2/program/filter cd /Applications/OpenOffice.org1.1.2/program sh soffice Once this is entered you don't have to type these commands in again to start the program. Continuing to install from here was very smooth. So far I have only tried the text document and spreadsheet (really original names here ) very much like Office and really no learning curve to speak of if you are conversant with Office or WOrdperfect. Very straight forward and Office-like. Nothing here to see. When importing a Word document there were some very minor changes to the formatting but nothing major. One word about the look of OOo. It looks like crap if you want something that is as polished as Office. Heck even AppleWorks looks better and I HATE the look of AW. All in all, its a very capable program and easy to use. If you haven't used it because of the Unix factor try it. Its not that hard of an install and its as good as MS (better because its free). I give it a 4 out of 5 Prozacs. A real winner!