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Star Office 6 - no longer free

Red Hat to drop distribution

     

tedster

3:22 pm on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

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eWeek article [eweek.com]

Sun Microsystems Inc.'s decision to start charging users for its upcoming StarOffice 6.0 desktop office productivity suite is coming at a price: Linux sales and service company Red Hat Inc. has decided not to use StarOffice 6.0 in any of its distributions going forward.

To be precise, Sun is making StarOffice 6.0 free only for Solaris. However, there is a new, free Office Productivity suite available for all flavors of *nix - OpenOffice, which is based on the previous open source Star Office code.

OpenOffice website [openoffice.org]
eWeek Lab Review of Open Office [eweek.com]

backus

3:26 pm on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't want star office after the experience my colleagues had with it. We could have been sued for some of the things had we sent documents out!

littleman

10:56 pm on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

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An interesting comparison between Open Office and Star Office. [newsforge.com]

The biggest difference between the two is format support. OpenOffice does a fine job with .doc, .ppt, .xls, and .rtf files. StarOffice adds support for dBase and databases in general, which OpenOffice does not have. If you work with simple databases in an office setting -- that is, with databases on the level of something like MS Access -- this feature alone is going to make you prefer StarOffice over OpenOffice.

I get along just fine with Open Office.

heini

11:41 pm on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I've been working with StarOffice for quite a while now - no problems whatsoever.

Have just installed OpenOffice - using it I experienced my first ever complete crash under Linux...
Apart from that I like how OpenOffice starts in modules. Staroffice under Windows pretty much occupies the whole desktop plus resources.

SmallTime

12:07 am on May 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The new StarOffice is modularised too.

nwilson

1:40 pm on May 17, 2002 (gmt 0)



What a bloody nuicense! I was really looking forward to 6 seeing as they'd redone it all to use xml and it was supposed to be much faster and better.

5.2 sucks. I'm off to intall this open jobbie ;)

Nick

backus

1:42 pm on May 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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StarOffice had an error which, when you saved in .doc format, and opened the document in Word 2000, it deleted normal.dot.

rcjordan

3:00 pm on May 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

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cross-linking a brief discussion in Foo
StarOffice 6 = $76
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