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Linux Magazine: Is OpenOffice a Lizard?

Aug 14, 2000, 12:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Compton)

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"Code collectors rejoice! Sun is about to unleash millions of lines of office productivity code upon an unsuspecting world. After publicly disparaging the GPL (GNU General Public License) for the better part of two years, Sun's finally warmed up to the Free Software Foundation's license and committed itself to open sourcing its StarOffice suite of office productivity applications."

"Sun quoted almost everyone but me in its press release, so at least this open source project isn't coming from left field and flopping to the ground lifeless. And Sun's been smart enough not to tie StarOffice to the purchase of $75 worth of books like they did with the Solaris source code. Obviously change is in the air over in Mountain View."

"Sun spent nearly $75 million (or maybe they bartered one million Solaris documentation packages?) on Star Division last year to acquire StarOffice. That's a heck of a lot of money to spend if all you plan to get out of it is a "Sun"/"Star" pun in your portfolio. While the amortized costs of other open source technologies such as Netscape/Mozilla or even IBM's JFS could conceivably be pegged higher, this is certainly the biggest-ever open source deal that we can label with a cold, hard dollar value."

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