Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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Solaris Desktop
by Macrat on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:55 UTC
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2006-03-27

Since Sun used Solaris on all employee desktops, they needed an Office package and bought StarOffice. Secondary to company use, they tried to sell it along with server contracts trying to convert customers from MS Windows/Office desktops to Sun SuRay/StarOffice stations.

OpenOffice was created as the "demo/free" version of StarOffice as a try-and-buy attempt to attract business.

Opinions vary on the success. :-)

With that in mind, note that Oracle desktops are Windows/Office. Not really a value add to keep OpenOffice around.

Edited 2011-04-18 21:57 UTC

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RE: Solaris Desktop
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Apr 2011 22:06 in reply to "Solaris Desktop"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14


OpenOffice was created as the "demo/free" version of StarOffice as a try-and-buy attempt to attract business.

Opinions vary on the success. :-)


Fun fact: It worked for my former company. They seemed to live by the by the " buy a single copy of MS Office and throw it on a network share for everyone to install" model of licensing. Then the fired some lazy guy, he went straight to the BSA and the company was audited. In addition to the heavy fine, they didn't also want to pay for legit MS Office copies, but they did want to keep records of licenses to protect themselves in the future. Solution: Star Office 1.0 for everyone!

They let us use open office, but still bought us a copy of star. It was pretty bad at that point. The same geniuses also paid for sco licenses for our linux servers. It was at that time that I figured I'd better find a smarter company....

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