The free lunch came about because of the extent of love and admiration that Sun Microsystems had/has for Microsoft. Sun decided seven years ago that they wanted to dent the market of MS Office and created Open Office (originally Sun Office) to do so.I use it extensively, I think as many are put off it because it is free as there are those attracted to it. But it is true, there is such a thing as a free lunch
Sorry, should have said Star Office not Sun Office. Star Office is still commercially available and has features which are not in Open Office - mainly database related I think.Open Office (originally Sun Office) to do so.