I solemnly pledge, first, to do no harm to the software entrusted to me; to not knowingly adopt any harmful practice, nor to adopt any practice or tool that I do not fully understand. With fervor, I promise to abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will do all in my power to expand my skills and understanding, and will maintain and elevate the standard of my profession. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the stakeholders, to hold in confidence all information that comes to my knowledge in the practice of my calling, and to devote myself to the welfare of the project committed to my care.
This is a great book I found that should help you get all you can out of OpenOffice. It was very helpful when I was writing the user's manual in book form for my English 402 project.
This is an excellent reference book to the source control system that we use for LUG projects. If you plan on being involved with any coding here, you should become familiar with it.
About five years ago, Linux earned a reputation for being only for geeks. It's come a long way since then, and now switching to Linux is like switching from Windows to MacOS. Things will work a little differently, feel a little funny, and you'll find a nitpick about as often as you find something really neat. Moving away from what you're used to can be a frustrating at times, but the benefits are worth it. Linux can have a mind-boggling number of configuration options, so when you run into something you don't like, you usually can change it.
Because the source code is freely available, some people worry that this makes Linux more insecure than proprietary software. An analogy helps make sense of the situation: if a safe is only secure because safecracker's don't know how it works inside, it's relying on "security through obscurity" and is probably only secure until it's taken apart once. On the contrary, for a safe with the plans widely published (like with Linux), it's secure because it's designed and built well.
Using the automatic security updates in most distributions, users stay safe conveniently. Linux worms and viruses are so rare they almost don't exist, and e-mail from strangers isn't something to be feared.