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LinuxToday.com.au: Cut StarOffice in half

Jul 23, 2000, 13:46 (7 Talkback[s])
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"The recent announcement by Sun Microsystems that they would be releasing the source code to Sun's popular office suite, Star Office, under the GNU General Public License is a hugely important event for the Linux community and the business world. Why is it important? Because for the first time since Linux was born kicking and screaming from Linux Torvald's magical keyboard, Open Source developers have the opportunity to take one of the most powerful word processor packages available, and tweak it to the demands of the business world and the Linux community."

"What has been StarOffice's major problem so far? It's bloatware. When you install StarOffice, it does a great job of word processing, but it also attempts to take over your email, news, web browsing and file management services! Quite frankly, Sun, I am never going to use StarOffice to surf the web, nor do I find it very attractive to check my email in an application that takes up more than 29 Megabytes of my installed RAM! And in an environment where I can choose the way my desktop looks and acts, I have no need to bring back an archaic Start button, complete with program files, settings, and documents menus, a'la Microsoft Windows 95!"

"StarOffice's interface reveals it's background as a complete desktop package for Solaris - it loads into what could be described as virtually it's own window manager - complete with the capability to make it's graphics look like base Mac, Windows or X environments, and a set of options and configuration tools that would put shame to any desktop app I have ever seen!"

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