[TriLUG] StarOffice at Best Buy
12 Jul 2002 00:03:55 -0400
On Thu, 2002-07-11 at 23:16, Robert Floyd wrote:
> Yesterday, I went by Best Buy and picked up the shrink-wrapped
> StarOffice. It was on sale for $69.95, with a $20 rebate by mail. Not
> too bad for a 5-license office suite I'm running on my home Windows 98
> box, my personal Linux laptop and, soon, my daughter's Windows 95
> machine (that will be the test: it's a P100; and it's in my house, so
> it's still my machine).
I can confirm, Open Office 1.0 is usable on a P100 with 32MB RAM and
Windows 98. Haven't tried it with Linux on that hardware but then again
nobody buys them preloaded with Linux.
> 1. The additional goodies: the templates and clip art are nice, as is
> Adabas, but the additional filters are particularly important to me. In
> addition, the manual is not too shabby.
What is Adabas?
> 4. Come on: $50 for a 5-machine license. What better bargain is there
> for all you home networkers out there.
$0 for an unlimited license?
> 5. I plan an experiment in subverting the dominant paradigm at work.
> When I install StarOffice on my Windows 2000 machine, I'll start using
> it as my default word processor/spreadsheet/presentation package and
> exchange documents freely with my Office 2000 colleagues. If I can do
> this transparently (i.e., no complaints about problems reading my
> documents), it will demonstrate the folly of buying into the Microsoft
> licensing scheme.
Have you played at all with macros in the word processor? Does it
*have* a macro language? The office I'm at now is standardized on Word
Perfect, which is a nice suite, but they have dropped Linux support.
The vast majority of users are Windows users but there is a push to move
many to Linux. However there are a lot of Word Perfect macros being
used and I'm just wondering how portable they might be to Star Office.
The Corel Office Suite version is "2000" (that goofy calendar-based
versioning scheme is one of those really asinine things that Microsoft
gave us that just makes my skin crawl).
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is
dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-Thomas A. Edison