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NewsFactor: OpenOffice Gets Its OS X Story Straight

Jul 30, 2002, 17:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Masha Zager)

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"On Thursday, OpenOffice.org released an alpha version of OpenOffice for Mac OS X Latest News about OS X, along with a call for volunteers to help bring the Mac version to completion. However, the OpenOffice community was startled when an article appeared the following day on an online news site stating that Sun and Apple were collaborating on developing StarOffice for Mac.

"That news, if true, would not have posed a problem. OpenOffice and StarOffice versions already coexist for several operating systems, including Solaris and Linux. While OpenOffice is free, StarOffice charges a licensing fee and includes technical support and additional functionality, such as spell-checking and database management.

"But volunteers were unhappy because they felt they had been blindsided by Sun, which had assured them it had no plans for a Mac version of StarOffice. According to Ed Peterlin, the lead programmer for the Mac OS X port, they would have expected to hear this news from Sun long before reading about it in the media..."

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