[unrev-II] OpenOffice Groupware plan

From: Grant Bowman (grantbow@svpal.org)
Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 16:50:59 PST

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    I just ran across this summary of discussion among developers. They
    are forming a group to write groupware extensions to Sun's StarOffice 6.
    They also have had at least interest from Ximian, perhaps Evolution.
    This seems very relevant.


    Some background for those not familiar with all these:
    Sun Microsystem purchased the company that did StarOffice.
    StarOffice 5.2 is an office suite that's open source. It also read
            MS Office documents pretty well. It's being rewritten as
            GNOME (actually bonobo) component software, which promises to
            be similar to Augment's Subsystems model.
    GNOME is a graphical desktop environment for Unix/Linux. KDE is the other
            big competitor (until OS/X is released by Apple next month).
    Evolution is under development as the primary mail & groupware client
            for GNOME.
    GNOME and Ximian's version of GNOME (a step ahead due to release
            schedules) is supported by HP/UX, AIX, Solaris, Red Hat, Compaq
            and Dell.

    -- Grant Bowman                                   <grantbow@svpal.org>

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