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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Word to the Wise: StarOffice 6 Beta

Oct 08, 2001, 12:44 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"Others have commented that the speed of this new beta is faster than earlier versions. I think it is, too--but only to a point. Initially loading the StarOffice application, no matter which document type you're opening, still takes quite a while, and I saw no negligible differences between this procedure in StarOffices 5.2 and 6.0. I did, however, notice a significant speed increase in the functions of the application itself. Windows popped open much faster, menus snapped into place very quickly, and documents opened from within a running component of StarOffice came up nice and fast. In this respect, Sun has lent some much-needed speed to this application.

Other improvements for the application as a whole include a much faster installation routine than 5.2, and some nice goodies that you can install in the Optional Module path, including full KDE, GNOME, and CDE integration. There were also a lot of useful graphics filters and (in what I thought was a nice touch) an included Java Runtime Environment package that will install JRE 1.3.1 if you desire it.

But how well does the Writer component stack up to StarWriter 5.2 and the rest of the word processor offerings?"

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