"Universities around the world are using the newly open sourced
StarOffice as an alternative to Microsoft-based file compatibility.
Paired with Linux, universities can also use StarOffice to
resurrect old systems that lack the power to handle other uses.
This article explores the facets of open software in educational
settings, and asks what Sun hopes to gain by targeting universities
for StarOffice distribution."
"Sun's decision in October to open StarOffice 6.0's source code
represents one of the most significant recent announcements in the
open source arena. The impact of opening a major office suite's
source code remains to be seen as individuals, companies, and
educational institutions explore ways to enhance and customize the
"Sun targeted the higher education market with the move, which
is proving to be mutually beneficial to Sun and its StarOffice end
users as the worldwide academic community embraces the
"Sun's liberal source licensing in numerous ways opens the doors
of opportunity for universities and their students, says Phil
Parkman, Sun's director of operations for Webtop and applications
software, including StarOffice."
"This article explores the benefits open source software brings
to students, in particular future computer scientists and
engineers. It also describes how StarOffice, running on Linux and
Sun Solaris, is being used in educational settings."
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