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Star Office Suite

StarOffice is the Unix compatibility answer to the MS Office programs, and is available for downloading free of charge from Sun Microsystems. Here is their description of it:
  • Key Applications: The StarOffice 5.2 productivity suite includes word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. It also has support for AutoPilot Web page design software, 3D graphics, diagrams, HTML editing, and calendar, newsgroup, browser, email and scheduler, photo editing, and other applications.

  • Key Specifications: A complete set of rich, easy-to-use office productivity tools in a unified desktop environment makes it easy to share documents with friends and colleagues using MS Office applications. StarOffice 5.2 software can be downloaded free of charge from the Web and is available in 11 languages.

  • Key Benefits:
    • Interoperability with other desktop productivity suites, including MS Office
    • Support for Solaris[tm] Operating Environment, MS-Windows, and Linux operating systems
    • An intuitive graphical interface that's easy to learn and use.

  • Requirements:
    • Solaris 8, 7, or 2.6 Operating Environment; or
    • MS-Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000; or
    • Linux kernel 2.0.x or higher
    • 256-color or higher monitor

This software package is installed on the Physics and Astronomy Linux-based computers in TH 123. It is hoped that its functionality will replace that of the Microsoft programs previously available.