"StarOffice 5.2 is the most popular office suite
available for Linux. It runs on Windows, Solaris, and Linux. It has
two major problems -- size and speed, suffering from too much of
the former and not enough of the later. Starting StarOffice 5.2 the
first time in a session, for example, takes 35 seconds on my
desktop system. Admittedly, my desktop is a mere 1-GHz AMD K7 with
512 megabytes of RAM.
When StarOffice finishes loading, it spreads itself hither and
yon. At idle it runs seven processes and gobbles up 330 megabytes
of memory. If I kill and restart it later in the session, it takes
about 3 seconds to pop up. Despite StarOffice's porcine appetite I
use it whenever I need to convert to or from Microsoft document
formats. I'm happy it is available.
HancomOffice 2.0, like StarOffice, will be a multiplatform
product running on Linux, Mac OS/X, and Windows. The alpha version
of Hancom Office 2.0 I tested loads in about 3 seconds the first
time, and consumes a dainty 5 megabytes of memory. [Hancom Office
pre2.0] The toolbar and memory footprints are small enough that you
can leave it running all day without making your machine gasp for
swap every time you do something else. This is goodness."
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