In OpenOffice, the OpenSource office suite that beats the pants off of Microsoft Office in so many ways it is not funny, has long been able to save documents as pdf files. “So what?” you say, “I’ve always been able to do that with thisorthat add in.”
Don’t interrupt me. OpenOffice has always done this seamlessly and flawlessly out of the box as a simple menu item under ‘file.’ .. file –> save as pdf.
Now there is an extension (like an add in) that will allow PDF editing in the works. Its inbeta stage now as Sun and only works on certaindeveloper buidls fo OpenOffice, so nobody can see it very easily. But if you want to learn more and maybe play around with it, go here for instructions. This is very preliminary technology, but as long as Sun does not get any crazy ideas like charging for it, it could be worthwhile and fun.
Remember, OpenOffice is not exclusive to Linux. It runs on Windows and Macs.