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IT-Director: Sunrise for the Java Office

Aug 24, 1999, 19:17 (22 Talkback[s])
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"The indications are that Sun's acquisition of Star Division is going ahead, with an announcement expected on 31st August. Star Division is the maker of Star Office, an office suite rivalling Microsoft's. Let's look at how the suite fits in with Sun's network and Java oriented world."

"The latest versions of Star Office have been designed on the assumption that a significant part of the processing should take place on the server. Java can be used to provide a lightweight client interface with links back to the server. This augments versions that run natively on a variety of operating systems including Windows and Linux."

"An area of uncertainty is Linux. One of Star Office's platforms is Linux, and there seems to be a huge pent up interest in Linux desktops. Yet Sun's attitude has been ambivalent, welcoming the Linux phenomenon but pushing customers to move to Sun's Solaris at the first opportunity."

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