"Why spend $400 for an office suite when you can get
virtually the same applications, and more, for free? Sun's
recently updated StarOffice, version 5.2, is a suite that you can
get for nothing if you take advantage of the download Sun offers.
(You can also buy it on CD-ROM with a printed user guide for $40.)
However, the free availability doesn't mean that StarOffice lacks
power or applications. In fact, StarOffice is an impressive suite
of programs that rivals Microsoft's Office and works with Windows
95/98/NT/2000, Linux, and Solaris. (A Mac version is due later this
year.) The suite includes a word processor, a spreadsheet
application, presentation software, a database, a Web browser, an
e-mail client, a scheduler, and tools to help you sync Palm-based
personal digital assistants."
"We tried out the Linux and Windows versions, and in each case
we were impressed."
"When you install the suite, you must choose from three
installations: Standard, which installs 246MB of software; Custom,
which lets you select the components you want; and Minimum, which
requires 189MB of disk space. We chose Standard; with each
installation, getting the suite up and running took less than 10