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Funky Penguin: Is OpenOffice the future of productivity in Linux?

Oct 15, 2000, 16:30 (3 Talkback[s])

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"OpenOffice.org is the result of Sun Microsystem's StarOffice Productivity suite. The source code was reelased on Friday 13th October, i'm not superstisious, are you? Currently OpenOffice resembles StarOffice very closely but as time goes on they will move further and further apart as OpenOffice is GNOME'ified as the key set of productivity applications for the GNOME Desktop Environment.But is it all thats its cracked up to be?"

"Unlike many productivity suites you may have used OpenOffice is not made up of seperate applications with individual jobs but when you run it you are dropped straight into the word processing component. From here you can create new spreadsheets/graphs/presentations etc. And of course the different components are fully interopatable with each other so you can embed a spread sheet into a presentation and create a graph from it. More on that later!"

"Getting OpenOffice is relatively straightforward but at this moment in time there are no rpms or debs available. You can either download the sourcecode @ 75 megs or get the binaries for your platform. It is likely that you will have some problems with compiling Open Office and as it requries 3 gigs of free space to compile its not for the faint hearted. A much better way is to download the binaries for your system 53 megs for Linux and use them. If you are a UK reader you can find a good mirror at uklinux.net mirror service otherwise look at ftp.openoffice.org."

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