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ZDNet UK: SuSE 8.0 Arrives Without StarOffice

Apr 29, 2002, 13:00 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

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"Germany's SuSE said on Friday that the new version of its Linux operating system distribution does not include the latest version of StarOffice because its proprietary, fee-based license would have increased the cost of the operating system. The shift in policy of one of several changes to SuSE Linux 8.0, which includes revamped core technology and new graphical desktop software.

"SuSE included version 5.2 of StarOffice, a Microsoft Office-like package from Sun Microsystems, in previous distributions but decided against including StarOffice 6.0 after Sun began charging fees for the software. Sun also works with outside developers to provide OpenOffice, a free, open-source package that shares much of its core technology with StarOffice.

"'It wouldn't make sense to have a proprietary application based on an open-source code base (in SuSE Linux),' said Jurgen Geck, SuSE's head of technology partners and strategic alliances..."

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