star office - guidance if possible

Richard Ellis richard-ellis at
Fri Jun 14 05:32:25 BST 2002

OpenOffice 1.0 is pretty much the same as StarOffice 6.0 except that it
lacks some language support and doesn't come with the database
component. It is available from  I would get this
instead of StarOffice 5.2.

-----Original Message-----
From: freebsd-users-admin at
[mailto:freebsd-users-admin at] On Behalf Of Matthew Seaman
Sent: 13 June 2002 23:58
To: jimf
Cc: freebsd-users at
Subject: Re: star office - guidance if possible

On Thu, Jun 13, 2002 at 10:31:16PM +0100, jimf wrote:
> 1)where is the star office package?
> I have access to the school cable modem and could download the package

> if I could find it and burn it to CD.

You used to be able to grab the Linux version of StarOffice 5.2 from
Sun's web site for free, but that's apparently no longer available,
since StarOffice 6.0 has been released.  StarOffice 6.0 is not available
for free except to Educational users.

Your choices are to pay Sun $75.00 for a CD, find an old copy of Star
Office 5.2 somewhere on the net or try and install OpenOffice which is
essentially a code fork based on StarOffice 5.1a, and available under
more liberal terms.

A quick google (
) turned up copies of StarOffice 5.2 available for download at or amongst others.  If this is the
way you want to go, grab the so-5_2-ga-bin-linux-en.bin file and copy it
to /usr/ports/distfiles via your School cable modem, then use the port
to install the app.  While you're about burning yourself some CDs, don't
forget to grab Sun patch 109939-03.tar.Z from
as you'll need that too.

As of about one week ago OpenOffice can be installed as a native FreeBSD
application from source on 4-STABLE, but it's a huge package and by all
accounts a pig to compile (ie. don't bother unless you've got a hunky
machine with lots of memory and you know what you're doing).  I think
the latest fixes were too late for the 4.6-RELEASE package set, so your
best bet is to keep an eye on a FreeBSD ftp server near to you and wait
for a pkg to become available.


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