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OpenOffice and StarOffice

 
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What the hell is teh difference besides the licensing? It seems to me that many Sun products are open-source, such as netbean with forte. I been using StarOffice awhile, it seems so similar to ms-office that many of my co-worders say why bother to switch while they are the same?
 
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well I guess you could say that its the shining star for people who cannot afford ms-office and its not MS (good enough reason for me)
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Although it has its flaws, StarOffice is workably multi-platform, so I can use the same software on Windows and Linux for example. The main reason to stick with one suite or another would be the amount of time and effort invested in training and customization. I've never been a "power-user" of any office suite, so Star Office suits me fine.
 
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
Although it has its flaws, StarOffice is workably multi-platform, so I can use the same software on Windows and Linux for example. The main reason to stick with one suite or another would be the amount of time and effort invested in training and customization. I've never been a "power-user" of any office suite, so Star Office suits me fine.


Yep, the Linux/Solaris/Windows aspect of StarOffice is great. Plus SO opens a LOT of different applications. WordPerfect, Word, Excel, and what seems like hundreds more. Choose File > Open and look through the list in the file type dropdown.
SO has other stuff: FTP setup builtin, vector and raster graphics, etc.
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...plus, StarOffice now has the best book on the market for learning how to use the software.
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