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CNET News.com: Sun to open source code for [StarOffice] office software

Jul 17, 2000, 20:44 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Sun Microsystems will open the source code of its Star Office software Wednesday under a generally accepted licensing method, but a major new version of the product has been delayed. The office application suite--which includes a word processor, spreadsheet and other programs--competes with Microsoft Office. But Sun has more of its attention focused on a future version that will run on central servers, with users tapping in over the Internet using PCs, handheld gadgets or other types of clients."

"This Web-enabled version, called Star Portal, was expected this spring but now won't arrive until fall, spokesman Russ Castronovo said. The new version currently is in beta testing, he said."

"Sun will release the desktop version under the Gnu General Public License and its relative, the Library General Public License, a source familiar with the plan said. The two licenses, created by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation, are the bedrock of many open-source projects, including Linux. The release is timed to occur at the same time as the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Monterey, Calif."

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