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.

#26 This Puppy's HUGE

by Anon

Saturday September 4th, 1999 10:26 PM

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It seems to me that Sun isn't trying to port the current StarOffice directly to Java (like Corel). They're probably developing a new "web-based office-suite" from scratch. If Sun can make a fine balance between dynamic loading and client-side cacheing and keep it lean, it would be a possible concept.