Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Nov 2002 09:24 UTC
Oracle and SUN This past year has been a breakthrough for Sun for both their Linux and Solaris products. The most intriguing news of all is possibly the challenge Sun poses to Microsoft with their Desktop Initiative announced a couple of months ago. We spoke to Bill Moffitt, Product Line Manager of the Solaris Lifecycle, about Linux, the desktop and Solaris. Update: Bill Moffitt replies on our forums.
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by Bill Moffitt on Wed 20th Nov 2002 00:47 UTC

My last comment is on StarOffice/OpenOffice. The absolute best office software is the one you use most of the time. When I first moved to StarOffice 5.2 from Microsoft Office (both running on Windows, sorry Scott) it was clunky, buggy, hard to use, counter-intuitive, etc. When I moved to StarOffice 6.0 it got better. Now that I have StarOffice 6.0 on Linux on my laptop, it's really, really good. I still have Windows and Microsoft Office on this laptop (dual-boot), but when I have to go over to use Office on Windows it seems (believe it or not) clunky, buggy, hard to use, counter-intuitive etc. I'm just used to StarOffice now, so it's my most productive environment.

One more note: I haven't gotten a Microsoft Office document that didn't open just fine in StarOffice in months. It works great for me. Maybe I just get simple documents (I don't enable VBA, for instance, but does anyone any more???), but the last problem I had was with an animation on a PowerPoint slide that didn't work properly, and that was a while ago.

Just my own experience in an organization (a pretty big organization, however) that has standardized on StarOffice. There was plenty of Microsoft Office being used at Sun two years ago (Scott really doesn't fire you for using Microsoft products, but he does fire you for either not doing your job or for wasting money), but you don't see very many Office documents going around any more. For the most part, we have been able to move from Microsoft to StarOffice. You can, too, if you decide you're not going to pay the $300-$600 Microsoft charges for Office. I have lots of good things I can do with the other $220-$520, and I'll bet you do, too.

Your mileage may vary, can cause drowsiness, please see a physician if rash develops. ;-)