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FreeOS.com: StarOffice 5.2: How good?

Jan 06, 2001, 12:39 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tito Dasgupta)

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"StarOffice is an alternative Office Suite with one very tantalizing feature -- Zero cost! Beyond the price however, StarOffice is a full-featured suite of programs that offer compatibility with various file formats and good cross-platform capability. But, is the latest version worth upgrading to or installing on your system?"

"The specs of the test machine for StarOffice 5.2 were, Intel Celeron 500 MHz, 64 Mb SDRAM with a 20 GB Seagate Ultra ATA hard drive, Matrox Millennium G200 AGP 8 MB, running Mandrake 7.1. The performance on this machine was quite bad. StarOffice takes a huge amount of time to load and simply guzzles RAM once it starts up. More memory would help but why should we need 128MB for Word Processing. This seems to be largely a problem with StarOffice for Linux. StarOffice takes about 12 sec's to load in the Windows Environment, while under Linux, it takes more than 25 seconds to load. It also seems to perform better and feels less of a hog on Windows."

"StarOffice definitely is a very good office suit, but work needs to be done to make it less of a resource hog. Good points with StarOffice 5.2 would be good support for Office 2000 file formats. Bad points would be the unified desktop that we really could do without. Eventually it will all depend on the user. This is definitely worth a try. You certainly can't argue with the price -- Free!"

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