star office - guidance if possible

jimf jimf at
Fri Jun 14 22:54:38 BST 2002

Please ignore previous message (answering two questions with a yes or no!) I was trying to beat my 2 hour ntl cutoff!

Hi Mathew, first of all thanks for the prompt reply and invaluable help.

Forgive me being dumb/wary would appreciate just a little more help if poss.

							Yes	No

Have I downloaded so-5_2-ga-bin-linux-en.bin?		[x]	[ ]

Have I downloaded 109939-03.tar.Z?			[x]	[ ]

Can you answer these for me......

I copy so-5_2-ga-bin-linux-en.bin (didnt know the ports
would handle .bin files) to
/usr/ports/distfiles and call make install from
/usr/ports/editors/staroffice52?			[ ]	[ ]

Do I copy the patch file to
/usr/ports/distfiles?					[ ]	[ ]
or do I follow the instructions in the readme?		[ ]	[ ]

thanks again


On Thu, 13 Jun 2002 23:57:50 +0100
Matthew Seaman <m.seaman at> wrote:

> 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.
> 	Matthew
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