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eWeek: Department of Defense adopts StarOffice

Jun 26, 2001, 12:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

It looks as if StarOffice will be the software of choice for up to 25,000 US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) desktops, nudging Applix off a collection of Unix machines. The article draws several connections to Linux and open source software uptake in governments around the world.

DISA has already begun implementing StarOffice as the automation Unix desktop solution for its Global Command and Control System, she said. The deal had not cost DISA anything as there was no license fee associated with StarOffice, and the federal government already had extensive support contracts with Sun which would cover this implementation, she said.

DISA could not immediately be reached for comment, but LTC William Hope, the chief engineer for DISA's Global Command and Control System, said in a statement that StarOffice "satisfies our requirement to operate an open office productivity suite globally on multiple platforms, including Linux, the Solaris operating environment and Windows."

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