StarOffice Now Free From Sun

Wednesday September 1st, 1999

Oliver Strutynski writes, "Sun has aquired the German software company Star-Division and is now giving away their product, StarOffice, for free. They also plan to release the source code under a 'community license'. Star-Office is an MS Office compatible office software running on a variety of platforms including Win32, Solaris, OS/2 and Linux."

From what I recall, StarOffice was free to individuals before Sun's purchase of StarDivision, but the release of the source code is a great step.

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by rgelb <>

Thursday September 2nd, 1999 10:53 AM

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I downloaded & installed on Win32 and I have to say that it sucks. Speedwise, it is ok. They fixed a lot of slow portions. But what is the deal with creating their own desktop. I might want to use other software and stuff on my desktop. Moronic. They can probably shave 2-3 MB off their distribution if they remove this ridiculous feature. I think it will turn off tons of people, which is a shame. As for MS compatibility, it is not too bad, particularly for simple documents. However, once I gave it a complex word document with tables, drawing, arrows, it rendered it completely innacurate.