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.

#19 Could this become a new thin OS though?

by SomeSmartAss

Thursday September 2nd, 1999 12:34 PM

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I've been playing with it here for a bit now, and I'm starting to think that this entire thing could actually REPLACE windows entirely. Replace the IE embed with Mozilla, and a basic kernal/GUI interpreter back-end, this suite is actually all the computer most office workers & students need.

Combine this with the new Pluglet API, that (sh/w)ould download/install new components only as required, This could allow for end-user needs based workstation customization, and instant upgradability.