However, I like Google Docs quite a bit so I've used OpenOffice sparingly.
I've had trouble with Google Docs though; the Download as Word bastardizes the document. Looks great as a pdf, not so much as a Word document. The reason for creating a Word document is for recruiters, they all seem to have some sort of application that parses the Word document and fills in your employment history and such. This would be a great place for XML and some sort of standard wouldn't it?
Anyway, in OpenOffice Writer, I type in:
November 2009which Writer immediately turns into
11/01/09No! Stop it!
I tried turning AutoComplete off:
Tools --> AutoCorrectand disabling everything I can find...try again. Same result.
Reading this thread, I begin to wonder if it's like Excel...you know, you enter a date and it automatically puts it into the default date format.
Sure enough, right click on the column, select "Character" and voila! No more transformation.