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9. A Free Office Suite > 9.1. The OpenOffice.org Office Suite

The OpenOffice.org Office Suite

Just a few years ago, OpenOffice.org wasn’t free at all. It was a product called StarOffice, sold by a German company called StarDivision. The big Unix company Sun Microsystems bought the code for StarOffice in 1999, and some time afterward they open-sourced as much of it as they could and named the resulting project OpenOffice.org. (Sun continues to sell a version of OpenOffice.org called StarOffice, which is basically OpenOffice.org plus some pieces that couldn’t be open-sourced—some fonts, a database component, some templates, and a lot of clip art.)

OpenOffice.org contains several programs that are similar to the applications in Microsoft Office. Although it lacks a personal information component like Microsoft Outlook (see


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