> Star Office has a similar relationship to Open Office as Netscape
> does to Mozilla.
Yes, Sun donated most of the StarOffice code, and OpenOffice was
created from that (with a great deal of Sun help).
Quote:> I just learned today that eventhough Star Office is just branded
> Open Office, that Open Office also lacks a spell checker.
When OpenOffice was first released it lacked a whole pile of useful
stuff, and it didn't print. Now it works fine. It has a different
spell checker than StarOffice, but you still get red squigglies when
Quote:> This seems to be an emerging stratedgy for companies that contribute
> resources to opensource projects to get code for their own
> proprietary apps that are near identical to the open source app.
Yes, that's it precisely. Sun needed an office suite so that they
could at least pretend that they had a desktop solution, and AOL
needed a web browser that wasn't dependent on their biggest
competitor. Neither one of these projects was likely to make any
money, but both were critical for strategic reasons. So both AOL and
Sun released the code in the hopes that they could get some volunteer
help, and some free evangelism.
It seems to be working well for both of these companies so far.