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StarOffice 6.0 Beta Available 465

Lumpish Scholar and 753 other people wrote in to let us know that Sun has released its beta of Star Office 6. CNET has a blurb about the release as well. I was hoping that Sun's site might be unclogged enough to try it out myself, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards today.
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StarOffice 6.0 Beta Available

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  • First Post! (Score:1, Funny)

    by Lunastorm ( 471804 ) <lunastorm AT myrealbox DOT com> on Tuesday October 02, 2001 @02:58PM (#2379481) Homepage
    Now that StarOffice is going to be released soon, I feel that we truly have a competitor against MS Office.
    I am happy they rid StarOffice of the terrible interface from 5.2 and are focusing on the applications themselves, which all look fantastic!
    My only wish is that they would have anti-aliased fonts, and maybe something like FrontPage, but those aren't as important as having a professional office suite on Linux. Now the WAR against Microsoft can be won.
  • Limerick (Score:2, Funny)

    by 575 ( 195442 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2001 @03:13PM (#2379632) Journal
    Once a man up in Washington state
    His competitors, how he did hate
    A new Office contender
    Useless it was rendered
    "Change Word formats, make it obsolete!"
  • by Ender Ryan ( 79406 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2001 @03:35PM (#2379818) Journal
    Get a REAL calendar, and a notepad. They're very useful, they are fully supported on the Desk and Wall platform, and work just as well on other platforms. They're very cheap, and there are many companies that sell them, so you're not locked into one vendor's continued upgrade cycle forever.

    Also, best of all, they are very resistant to virii. Really, the only virii than can infect them are co-workers who can't keep thier hands off things, who should really be fired anyway.

    They are also very easy to find. In fact, just about any shopping center of mall will carry them.

    Good luck!

  • by anomaly ( 15035 ) <> on Tuesday October 02, 2001 @03:57PM (#2379973)
    With all due respect, doesn't it seem a bit odd that a person demanding ASCII format would have a .sig that's an ideogram?
  • by Starship Trooper ( 523907 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2001 @05:29PM (#2380335) Homepage Journal
    Hey, this filter even comes bundled with every Unix distribution! Check it out:

    $ strings WordFile.doc > WordFile.txt
    $ less WordFile.txt

  • by rleyton ( 14248 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2001 @05:53PM (#2380476) Homepage
    Oh, don't you just hate it:

    * Day 1 - You must register to download product, but server overloaded due to demand and /. effect.

    * Day 2 - You must still register to download product, but server takes ages to allow you to download. Give up.

    * Day 3 - You've forgotten your password, re-register, to find that server's been misconfigured by some Sun intern SA who doesn't know his apache rewrites from his linux rawrite.

    * Day 4 - You get registered, get the software, and find the file got corrupted in the download.

    * Day 5 - Internet connection down, so nothing to do but work.

    * Day 6 - Internet connection up, remembered password, downloaded product, ran of out of disk space.

    * Day 7 - Having mentioned the product was out to your colleagues, a week ago now (without having seen it), you are ridiculed when they realise
    you're still using MS-Office on the sly.

    * Day 8 - Hurrah! Downloaded, installed and running. Success. Treat yourself to visit a conference that's on in town. Some bloke hands you a "special edition CD", featuring beta of staroffice 6. Go home to weep.

    *WHY* is there this damn registration. *WHY* aren't there loads of mirrors (sunsite!!!!). You know they'll be dishing out the damn CD's eventually.

    And they say the network is the computer....

    and after all that, my downloads working, on day one.

    strange things are afoot at the circle-k.

    (no, i don't work weekends these days)

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