Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2007 18:06 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Features, Office Under the name Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office, Sun has released its import/export filter for the OpenDocument format, which the ISO has recognized as a standard, for versions 2000, XP, and 2003 of Microsoft's Office suite; the plug-in can be downloaded via our software repository. The extension allows users of MS Office to read and create text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in the free OpenOffice suite and its commercial version called StarOffice.
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RE[3]: makes me think
by biteydog on Wed 11th Jul 2007 11:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: makes me think"
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...given how pathetic the difference in price between a Windows and Linux machine, it can't even be compard...

I dunno - when you are dealing with small business people 100/$200 can be quite a lot to them (my usual supplier's price for an OEM XPpro/Vista-business) considering the low price of hardware nowadays - I'm talking basic, secretarial type desktop machines. With laptops it's a bit different, unless they like one from that range (not particularly nice) they are stuck with paying. This is largely irrelevant of course, because all but one of my clients uses XP anyway.

Its funny how I find people who bash Sun ignore the fact that the vast majority of the hardwork done on is done by them.

Surely the "bloated codebase" (I am not a particular fan of OO.o myself, but have nothing against Sun) is not down to them, or any OSS developers, but due to the codebase they inherited when they first bought StarOffice in 1999(?) - StarOffice5.1 was truly awful IMHO. Maybe they should have gone the Mozilla/Netscape route and built it anew from scratch - but it would have rather delayed the rollout. It was not helped by the added implementation of features in Java (logical enough for Sun) at a time when machines were not really fast enough to run Java at a respectable speed.
And no, I'm not bashing Java, I use it myself, but speed was never one of its vitues.

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