Hi Sara, and welcome to GeeksToGo!
It is indeed called 'OpenOffice', Sara, and it is (and always has been) free, so you must have been visiting websites which try to rip people off by charging money for free software. It does happen unfortunately, and the thing to do is to check first with the developer's website for the true status of any software and download it only from them to ensure it hasn't been tampered with (like, for example, having hidden spyware added to it):
The official developer and supplier of the OpenOffice suite is here:http://www.openoffice.org/
However, OpenOffice is a full suite in the same way that Microsoft Office is also a full suite, comprising four of five applications including a word-processor. If a word-processor is all you want, there is 'AbiWord', a free, standalone word-processor which is also, naturally, a much smaller download than a full suite like OpenOffice (only 6MB compared to 107MB!) And with it's 'plug in' architecture, AbiWord can open and save in many different formats, including Microsoft Word.http://www.abisource.com/
Edited by pip22, 12 December 2007 - 01:32 PM.