OpenOffice goes Premium

by admin August 31, 2006 at 10:11 am

OpenOffice has been an open-source project for nearly six years now, and the project has grown and matured considerably during that time. Originally based on the code from StarOffice, a creaky cross-platform suite available for OS/2, Windows, Macintosh, Solaris, and Linux from a company called Star Division, the program received a tremendous amount of support from the OSS community. While progress was slow?¢‚Ǩ‚ÄùSun, who had purchased Star Division in 1999, opened the source in mid-2000, yet it did not get to version 1.0 until two years later?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùit continued to improve. Version 2.0, which was released late last year, received favorable reviews.

Now, a group of OpenOffice enthusiasts have released OpenOffice Premium, a new bundle that includes the OpenOffice suite and a grab-bag of extras, such as clip art, document templates, and fonts. The idea is to provide a package that is similar to a new installation of commercial office suites such as Microsoft Office and Corel Perfect Office, both of which come with a plethora of clip art and other goodies.

Full article: Ars Technica