Language Tool Makes LibreOffice Writer Better, but Still Not as Good as Word
July 08, 2012 | ~1 min read time.

LanguageTool.Better than OpenOffice, way better than it was without Language Tool, but still terrible in comparison to Word.

In an effort to make LibreOffice better for spelling and grammar checking, I grabbed an extension called Language Tool. The installation in Ubuntu took a little time. I was missing a dependency which took a couple of minutes to get working.

Usually, I use Microsoft Word. I know many people have gone on and on about how OpenOffice (can you say resource-sucking vampire of a word processor?) is better. The only thing that is better about OpenOffice is that it's free. So, I stuck with LibreOffice and figured there had to be a way to make it function better.

Language Tool causes a bit of a hang-up when I start LibreOffice Writer up. It takes about 30 seconds before it'll let me use it. I'm OK with that. It'll pick up little typos and small grammatical mistakes I've made. Normally I don't wind up with grammar errors, but when it's hot out, I struggle to do much of anything, let alone write coherently. But, work must go on, no?

I have come to the conclusion that, though I don't want to do it, I may have to put Windows back onto the tiny computer and use Office on there for the rest of the summer. I will miss having a computer with Ubuntu on it. It makes working with the servers and websites a whole lot easier than a windows computer. It just isn't that great for writing, unfortunately.

It seems that I am always going to have to have a Windows computer and a computer running some flavour of Linux or BSD to effectively do what I need to do. That said, there may be a writer out there that has managed to turn Linux into some sort of utopia of writing tools. If there is, send him to tell me how.