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.

#2 This Puppy's HUGE

by SomeSmartAss

Wednesday September 1st, 1999 8:51 AM

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I'm currently downloading StarOffice (wi/5+hrs left remaining), and its a Massive hunk o' code. Sun's objective is to make the suite web/portal based, but I don't think we have the proper bandwidth (even with T1/Cable hookups) to run this from an applet yet (didn't Corel try that a while back)

Of course, its not like I'm some Java guru or anything either, but I still don't see this type of thing as being a viable web app yet...