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.

#22 There's free and there's "free"

by Anon

Friday September 3rd, 1999 4:54 AM

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I suspect that StarOffice falls under latter, i.e. binaries and source code but with no right to modify or redistribute the thing.

It doesn't bother me too much though since I don't like StarOffice anyway (free or not). It's bloated and implements a quirky Windows L&F shell even on Unix. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to build it too? Worse than Mozilla by several factors I bet.

Perhaps if the thing appears on a magazine CD, I may give it a whirl but otherwise, forget it.

Now if Lotus released SmartSuite for free on Linux that *would* be worth trying out.