If you're thinking you'd like to try OpenOffice but it might be just too much work, or trouble, or something, remember to keep a realistic eye on what life is like in the Microsoft Office world.
Nothing is perfect. Ya got trouble, periodically, in Office Suite City, with a capital T that rhymes with P and that stands for Practically Everyone Has to Deal With Software Issues. That's the nature of software. OpenOffice has problems and Microsoft Office has problems. I think Notepad is pretty problem-free but then, it has maybe 20 features. ;>
I just like to remind folks that life with Microsoft is not, as they say on Buffy, a happy land of beautiful fields and dancing schnauzers and being demi-gods. There are issues. Such as closed document formats and a big honkin' price tag and spontaneous style creation and crashing corrupted Word files that can't be opened with Word but can be opened with OpenOffice. And fun with service packs.