best alternatives for editing MS Word and other Windows apps in Ubuntu
I am an experienced Linux user but now want to edit MS Word docs in Ubuntu. The documents are .doc files, produced on Windows XP / MS Office 2003. These are fairly highly formatted documents (footnotes, custom spacings, lots of unicode etc.) and I need their editing and display format to be reproduced with as near 100.0 percent accuracy as possible.
Alternatives I have found include:
I don't know if there are others.
1. Which of these suites reads and edits Word files most accurately?
2. For purposes of editing and display is it better to convert the .doc files to .docx? or can they just as well be left as .doc (MS Word 2003) files?
3. Do any particular problems with formatting recur?