"We grabbed the source code and binaries from the OpenOffice.org
site to see what the new and improved, Open Source StarOffice would
look like. As you might expect, Sun did more than just release an
Open Source product: it also cleaned up the code and made some
significant changes to the software."
"How significant? OpenOffice is still the monolithic, monster
program it once was; although it appears to load in a slimmer
package, under the hood you're always running all of OpenOffice, no
matter what appears on the screen. But the look and feel of the
product is improved, thanks to some new True Type fonts; and some
elements, like email, are still in development...."
"The whole package is not trivial to build in terms of time or
resources. Once we worked out the issues with the X libraries on
our Debian system, we set out to complete an entire build, which is
still in progress as we write this, almost four hours later.
Following the instructions provided, though, makes the whole thing
very simple. Though it's premature to report success, careful
reading of the instructions and making sure all the prerequisites
are available before beginning make for a smooth process."