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ZDNet: Is StarOffice Sun's "Survivor"?

Oct 16, 2000, 15:06 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Coursey)

"Having missed the big time, StarOffice was sold to Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) (the noted desktop-applications vendor). And today Sun is taking StarOffice into the domain of public source code, arming a group of self-described "rugged individualists" with the ability to create the cross-platform office suite of tomorrow."

"Is it just me or does this seem a like putting 450 rugged individualists on a ship and launching them to sea, while we stand on the dock waving our Linux flags -- never expecting to see them again? More casualties of war and adventure. I hope they at least have fun."

"I will repeat what I said when Netscape launched its public-source Mozilla.org effort for Communicator 6: This is a desperation play. Commercial software doesn't become free software until the vendor has determined the market won't support a real development effort. Corporations are only as generous as they have to be. Sometimes there is an "enlightened self-interest" angle, like doing this will help sell hardware, jerk Microsoft around a little, or something -- but the first calculation is, "Will this make a buck?"

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