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Smart Partner: Sun To Open StarOffice Code In October

Jul 19, 2000, 21:24 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"Sun also is creating an independent OpenOffice.org Foundation modeled on the Apache Foundation. Sun is funding the foundation to get it started but will hold a minority position and plans to name other partners soon. "Getting agreement inside Sun was an endeavor, but what I wanted to achieve was creating an open alternative to Microsoft Office, and that is bigger than GPLing the source code," Boerries said. "In my discussions with customers and communities and governments it became clear that for this project GPL was the right license, and it proves that Sun is an innovative and fast-moving company in doing the right thing."

"Microsoft's fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday may have given comfort to any nervous Sun executives. Even though Microsoft beat analysts' expectations its growth is slowing. Revenue for the productivity and tools group that includes Microsoft Office fell 9.9 percent, from $2.94 billion to $2.63 billion, from a year ago. Sun, by contrast, has been giving away StarOffice since it bought the company last year."

"Collab.Net will coordinate the StarOffice community, which will specify XML file formats and language-independent Application Programming Interfaces. It also will provide filters to read and write Microsoft Office files. Sun expects to ship bindings for C, C++, Perl, Python, Java and Visual Basic for StarOffice on Windows."

"Boerries said allowing developers to use multiple languages will help drive acceptance of StarOffice. Sun is retaining the StarOffice brand and will ship an implementation based on the OpenOffice.org source tree. Sun also will ship StarPortal, a hosted version of StarOffice due later this year that will be based on the same source tree."

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