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Hrm. According to Slashdot, Sun''s no longer going to let everyone download StarOffice for free, starting with v. 6.0. Only Solaris users will be able to get it for free. Without knowing what their pricing will be, is anyone aware of any other office programs that have the built-in capability to read/write to MS Office files? rm -rf /bin/laden

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Isn''t that just the API stuff that StarOffice is based off of though? Or is it an actual office suite?

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Well, suddenly the "shining gem of Open Source office applications" isn''t Open Source anymore. I never liked StarOffice anyway; it was bloated and ran slowly on my machine, and I heard reports it ran better under Windows.

Personally, I prefer KOffice.

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The follow up comments at slashdot suggested that OpenOffice ran just as well if not better than StarOffice and that the difference between them involved mostly the frills - animated paper clips and such, useless junk.

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StarOffice was never open source, as far as I know. Just free

Secondly, does KOffice have builtin support for MS Office apps? From the little I've used it, it is quite nice, but I just need the MSO support.

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Edited by - CmndrM on February 25, 2002 9:13:10 PM

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Secondly, does KOffice have builtin support for MS Office apps? From the little I''ve used it, it is quite nice, but I just need the MSO support.

AFAIK and IIRC, no. KOffice uses an XML-based format to store data for all its applications. Unless they''ve made recent advances, it doesn''t have much support for anything else (except text and RTF, and maybe PostScript/PDF via GhostScript/GhostView).

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Yeah, I''m pretty much liking KOffice, but I''ve got one question left then: Does anyone know of any converting programs that''ll convert MS Office files to some other format, such as KOffice format for example?

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StarOffice was never open source thats true. But Sun started, after buying Star Division, an open source project called OpenOffice. The project is based on the star office 5.2 sources. As far as I heard verision 6 is really great, all star office formats are now zipped XML files. So you can easily create ''open'' documents with your software...
Furthermore the new starOffice is said to be faster and smaller, and they use the system built in windows sets for loading and saving files...
So we will have to get OpenOffice instead...

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If you have debian installed, you can use the following commands:

apt-get install abiword
apt-get install gnumeric

abiword can open from/save to Word files and many other document formats.
Gnumeric should be able to read XLS files.

If you don''t have debian, you will still be able to find some RPM''s or something on the internet.

Joeri

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Cool, I wasn''t aware that AbiWord had MSWord support. But now that I do ...

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I have used KOffice, the official version from www.koffice.org, and the SuSE Linux 7.3 version, and it supports MSWord and Excel documments... but i don''t know if it can use access & powerpoint docs... i haven''t tried it...

P.S.: Sorry for my bad english....

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