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.

#27 Is it going to stay free ?

by Anon

Sunday September 5th, 1999 2:24 PM

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I downloaded the Star Office version for Win32. Looks just like office. It is big though, shows up as 12MB without any documents open and swells to 17MB opening a "word" doc and a spreadsheet.

Also have to agree that the 2nd desktop paradigm is a little bit silly and just adds noise to the interface. They need to let you turn that off right away. The problem I see is investing time in the creation of Star Office native format documents and then having Sun pull the plug or bump the price for upgrades having established an installed base.

I've lived in relatively poor Latina American countries where software piracy is rife, partly because Latins don't really view it as wrong and partly because in their economies $500 is a lot more to pay than in the US.

I think Linux and Star Office could be a nice alternative for those who don't want the Microsoft Police knocking at the door.

I was also wondering about using Star Office and X Windows to provide an equivalent to Citrix WinFrame ( office apps running on a super server with low end PCs acting as X Terminals ). Could be an interesting alternative.