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From Fernando Cassia <>
Subject Re: StarOffice (was RE: users Digest 28 Nov 2012 19:50:51 -0000 Issue 232)
Date Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:10:41 GMT
On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton <
> wrote:

> StarOffice was not spun out.  Oracle continued with an Oracle Open Office
> for a time.  They seem to have concluded that was not a sustainable
> business.
>  - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Girvin R. Herr []
> Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 14:25
> To:
> Subject: Re: users Digest 28 Nov 2012 19:50:51 -0000 Issue 232
> There is also another fork - StarOffice, the predecessor of OpenOffice.
> Way back before OpenOffice, Sun purchased StarOffice from Star Division
> and then made it open source as OpenOffice. The last I heard, Sun
> Microsystems was still developing StarOffice as their income product,
> where they sold it and bundled support in with it. Now I do not see any
> connection between StarOffice and Oracle. Did Oracle get StarOffice when
> they bought Sun or did Sun or Oracle spin it off? [ ... ]


1. In the beginning, there was a German firm dubbed Stardivision Gmbh. They
produced a cross-platform office suite dubbed "StarOffice" which ran -back
then- on platforms like Windows 3.1x (16-bit windows), Windows 95 (32-bit
windows), OS/2 (32-bit IBM OS/2 Warp), and Linux/Unix too.

2. Sun bought Stardivision Gmbh. First making StarOffice "freeware"
(StarOffice 5.2) and then open sourcing it, thus creating

3. Sun continued developing and StarOffice (the commercial
version of OO.o + proprietary add-ons like commercial spellchecker,
commercial clipart, commercial fonts), in parallel.

StarOffice 6.0 = OpenOffice 1.0x
StarOffice 7 = OpenOffice 1.1 (+add-ons)
Staroffice 7u8 = OpenOffice 2.1 (+add-ons)
StarOffice 8 = 2.4 (+ add-ons)
StarOffice 9 = 3.x (+ add-ons)

4. Oracle bought Sun, and choose to rename "StarOffice" to "Oracle Open
Office" (without the .org), while continuing to develop OO.o (up to 3.4
alpha AFAIR)

This is not different from IBM taking the Apache web server and regularly
building "IBM HTTP Server" based on Apache code

Then the freedom fighters at TDF choose to do their LO fork and we know how
that ended -or more appropiately, what that caused-. After OO.o had lost
half its devs (that´s my estimate) Oracle decided to kill its Oo.o dev and
the future of StarOffice along with it .

So, StarOffice is dead. Thank you, LO...

PS: I ran StarOffice since version Stardivision StarOffice v3.1 for OS/2
and up to StarOffice 9 for Linux/Windows.

During times of Universal Deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary
Durante épocas de Engaño Universal, decir la verdad se convierte en un Acto
- George Orwell

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