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You are very correct, KDE's framework is light years ahead of both Gnome and OpenOffice, but that does not change the fact of OOo is slow or how to fix it.
I think over time OOo will get faster but abiword,kword and such will really be fast do to there better frameworks and smaller footprints.
Agreed. I can't wait for a koffice port to windows (not that I'm using windows - but it would be a good showcase for the potential).
oo.o startup time might get faster over time, but it seems to me (I might have missed something) that they relegate the problem to the compiler. Which means, that they can't or won't to a thing about it in their own code, except for making it compile with gcc 4.x, which has better c++ support. GCC 4's better c++ support will help all c++ projects, including koffice, so in relative terms, there won't be many improvements I guess.
Yes, thats true. and a Koffice for win would be cool. most likey never gona happen tho.
I think Koffice and the Gnome Office apps will always be faster, because they use the frameworks of Gnome and KDE. where as OOo is loading its own. in addition to KDE's moduler design and Gnomes GTK+ speed. there is no comparesion.
I thing if the broke up OOo some and had it load less in the apps startup, or maybe pre loaded some things, maybe some kind of config util that gives you the option for preloading the OOo framework so it will always load slightly faster. but i think all these things will get addressed in time, OOo is getting better. as is Koffice and the Gnome offices apps abiword Gnumric etc.