Opening OpenOffice program takes way too much for normal use. I have been using Microsoft Office, but it starts way faster then OpenOffice. Can't OpenOffice be made to quickly start-up. It probably starts up too many features that no-one needs.
Install abiword instead of OpenOffice by default on the Ubuntu CD in order to save space, allowing a larger number of other applications to be put on the CD. (Be sure to include abiword-plugins as well to enable OpenDocument support).