Don't know about the laptop, dont' have one...here is a link that might help.
When you say you only have one or two of the apps, perform this check to see if they are installed.
[root@localhost bin]# pwd
[root@localhost bin]# ls oo*
oocalc ooffice oomath oosetup oowriter
oodraw ooimpress oopadmin ootags
I looked at the instructions at the OO site, they looked
pretty simple. Also, it appears that they might be in /opt/OpenOffice...so you might find them in /opt/OpenOffice/bin or thereabouts. Question..1.0.2 isn't a big release, why did you upgrade from 1.0.1? Not being facetious, I want to know if I should upgrade as well.
MP3 in Redhat, they don't want to get into trouble when MS bribes/blackmails the MP3 group to destroy Redhat. They have to tread lightly because they are becoming successful. Prime for destruction by MS. A 3 minute trip to xmms.org fixes the problem, or like so many, use ogg. ogg is much better in all respects.
As for the security, I would dump the release that allowed for bypassing root for any system level updates. Gone. Sure it takes a few seconds, but not allowing automatically a virus, trojan, or user who doesn't comprehend that delete means remove a file is from my perspective very critical. Not a slam, just my point of view.
I would counter that Windows is counter-intutive and doing the basics in Windows is convoluted and difficult. Of course, I am a Windows newbie every time I help others with Windows. Get used to the deterministic, logical and consistant way Linux is laid out and programs are installed (tar, rpm, etc) and you are set. It will take a little time to get fully used to it.