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LinuxWorld.com: A first look at HancomOffice 2.0

Sep 30, 2001, 20:01 (51 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
"StarOffice 5.2 is the most popular office suite available for Linux. It runs on Windows, Solaris, and Linux. It has two major problems -- size and speed, suffering from too much of the former and not enough of the later. Starting StarOffice 5.2 the first time in a session, for example, takes 35 seconds on my desktop system. Admittedly, my desktop is a mere 1-GHz AMD K7 with 512 megabytes of RAM.

When StarOffice finishes loading, it spreads itself hither and yon. At idle it runs seven processes and gobbles up 330 megabytes of memory. If I kill and restart it later in the session, it takes about 3 seconds to pop up. Despite StarOffice's porcine appetite I use it whenever I need to convert to or from Microsoft document formats. I'm happy it is available.

HancomOffice 2.0, like StarOffice, will be a multiplatform product running on Linux, Mac OS/X, and Windows. The alpha version of Hancom Office 2.0 I tested loads in about 3 seconds the first time, and consumes a dainty 5 megabytes of memory. [Hancom Office pre2.0] The toolbar and memory footprints are small enough that you can leave it running all day without making your machine gasp for swap every time you do something else. This is goodness."

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