One of my favorite free application suites now has a new version available -- OpenOffice.org (OOo) version 3.0.0 -- here's a good direct link:
If you want more information or are new to OOo, you can go to the main site and get the download link from there. You can also find FAQs (frequently asked questions) and tutorial links there as well. v3.0.0 is a substantial update from v2.4.1 and a better-than-ever replacement for the bloated, too-costly Microsoft Office series.
If all you want is a decent free word processor, try AbiWord and its related tools and plug-ins. I actually run both OOo and AbiWord as a cross-check for text-formatting problems.