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NewsForge: How Close Are We Really? Review of StarOffice 5.2

Jan 20, 2001, 16:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Hanson)

"I tried StarOffice last year, a couple of versions back with a less capable system; I found it slow and unstable with an oppressive license. Now that some disadvantages have been eliminated, I decided on another attempt two weeks ago."

"A typical review of StarOffice begins when the reviewer bemoans the time it takes to load the program, progresses to his or her dissatisfaction with the integrated desktop, and pretty well goes downhill from there. You'll not hear any of that from me. Even with the above well-known faults I found Star Office for Linux to be, well, not bad."

"Here's my perspective: I work as a CPA for my federal government employer. I have a standard issue Micron 266mhz laptop with 96mb ram and a 4 gig hard drive. It was respectable two years ago when I signed for it, and it is acceptable now. The operating environment consists of Windows NT, Microsoft Office 97, a few security programs, and agency specific calculation software. I use Outlook for email, Internet Explorer for the intranet. I keep my schedule on Outlook. The agency has standardized on Exchange servers. Because I work with personal records of U.S. citizens, security is fairly tight, well, supposedly considering the 50 "I LUV U" emails I got just like everybody else. I am not allowed to keep any personal software on it; I may access no personal Web sites. Microsoft Office is my daily environment. With few exceptions I can be seen using an Office application nearly every workday, sometimes all day. Like my co-workers I have become a proficient user of this product."

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