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ZDNet: Bigger, not necesarily better - StarOffice's open sourcing isn't the breakthrough some believe

Oct 19, 2000, 08:03 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"Judging just by the number of lines of code, Sun's releasing of (most of) StarOffice under open source licensing is certainly the most massive project of its kind, ever."

"The code -- released this past Friday (the 13th), just as Sun predicted back in July -- is now out in the open. You can download and play with it, either under the GNU Public License or another license crafted to allow Sun and others to make proprietary offshoots."

"Mind you, just because you can get the source code to OpenOffice, doesn't necessarily mean you're going to want it. The sheer volume of the code requires more than three gigabytes of hard disk space in which to build, and compiles have been reported to take more than 20 hours to complete. I'm no programmer, and I have better things to do with 20 hours. So I just downloaded the binaries, which have worked OK for me so far, though I haven't exactly done any stress-testing."

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