"Others have commented that the speed of this new beta
is faster than earlier versions. I think it is, too--but only to a
point. Initially loading the StarOffice application, no matter
which document type you're opening, still takes quite a while, and
I saw no negligible differences between this procedure in
StarOffices 5.2 and 6.0. I did, however, notice a significant speed
increase in the functions of the application itself. Windows popped
open much faster, menus snapped into place very quickly, and
documents opened from within a running component of StarOffice came
up nice and fast. In this respect, Sun has lent some much-needed
speed to this application.
Other improvements for the application as a whole include a much
faster installation routine than 5.2, and some nice goodies that
you can install in the Optional Module path, including full KDE,
GNOME, and CDE integration. There were also a lot of useful
graphics filters and (in what I thought was a nice touch) an
included Java Runtime Environment package that will install JRE
1.3.1 if you desire it.
But how well does the Writer component stack up to StarWriter
5.2 and the rest of the word processor offerings?"