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.
#5 Re: Star Office thoughts
Wednesday September 1st, 1999 10:17 AM
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It isn't exactly excruciatingly slow, but it is a giant memory hog. It creates a MS-Windows-like environment within an X window, complete with "start" menu and all that stuff. It isn't exactly what you'd call bug-free either, but it currently seems to offer the best MS compatibility out there.
I'm personally waiting for the Gnome office suite to mature. Some very sharp people are working on it, and the MS compatibility (although still inadequate) has been steadily improving.