"The shell is gone, and that's good. Load times are
much improved. That's good, too. But my gtop system monitor shows
that memory consumption is still high, ranging from 55 megabytes
with only the word processor loaded to 73 megabytes with the word
processor, spreadsheet, drawing tool, presentation tool, and HTML
editor running. Those numbers are higher than I noted in SO 5.2.
Sun is making progress, but it looks like two steps forward, one
The word processor, Writer 6.0, looks very professional. It
claims to be able to import documents from a number of different
versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as a number of other
formats. According to Sun, this release features XML file format
support and greater compatibility with Microsoft file formats. Its
range of tools and features far exceeds my normal requirements. But
that range is probably on a par with what its primary audience,
those moving away from Microsoft Office, are accustomed.
I use a spreadsheet more often than I do a full-fledged word
processor. I use gnumeric to track a number of things, from
expenses to invoices to exercise sessions. The beta SO6 spreadsheet
(Calc 6.0) could not open the gnumeric spreadsheets. I could,
however, save them in Windows 95 Excel file format from gnumeric,
and then open them in Calc."