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Features, Office "'Siag, it sucks less!' This is the slogan for Siag Office. This and the self-effacing name for the Siag Office Word Processor, Pathetic Writer, might leave you thinking that this office suite is a mere plaything, a university student's cobbled-together programming assignment. But don't be fooled by first impressions. Siag Office is a lightweight suite of applications which might be just the right set of office tools for you, especially if you have older hardware."
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RE[2]: Slow news day?
by BryanFeeney on Wed 11th Jul 2007 20:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Slow news day?"
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By that I mean that with the source code being open, couldn't Abiword or other office suites just take some of OpenOffice.org's code and put it into their own project? Abiword is under GPL and OpenOffice.org is under LGPL.


There were very few comments in OpenOffice, at least a few years ago, they were all in German, and the code-base was very dense and difficult to understand, being built on an entirely custom platform-independence library (also documented in German). Lastly, the code for reading in Word files seemed to be fairly tightly coupled with OpenOffice's way of handling documents themselves. Consequently, despite a lot of effort by a lot of people, it just wasn't possible to simply "copy" it out, or even use it for hints (again due to absence of comments and comments being in German).

Edited 2007-07-11 20:16

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