PC Magazine: Dvorak: OpenOffice Appears Dept.
Aug 08, 2002, 14:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)
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"Much of the recent buzz among computer users has been around
the release of the all-free office suite OpenOffice.org 1.0,
available for download at www.openoffice.org. This open-source
spin-off of Sun's StarOffice might become the biggest threat yet to
the Microsoft Office suite monopoly.
"I still give out copies of Software602's popular office suite
602Pro PC Suite 2001 to people who ask me for free software, but
the first release of OpenOffice with the presentation graphics
module is impressive. Microsoft should be extremely concerned, and
I assume the company will find some way to break this software,
perhaps with a service patch to Windows XP that 'accidentally'
causes weird problems. This will have to be subtle, lest it draw
attention to the tactic.
"The problem for Microsoft is that open-source code problems get
fixed rather quickly by hordes of eager programmers. This has been
the case with Linux servers, and OpenOffice should be no different.
Microsoft has only a few alternatives..."