StarOffice 5.2: How good?
Star Office 5.2 is an office suite similar to Microsoft Office for
Windows. It consists of Presentation software, Spreadsheets, Word
Processor, HTML editor, Database and can also be used as your e-mail
client! Lets look at the things you can do with StarOffice 5.2 beginning
with the installation procedure. You do need to install the software on
your PC to be able to use it!
Place the StarOffice 5.2 CDROM in the drive, then type
Change to /mnt/cdrom and press enter.
Some distributions like SuSE will mount the CD under /cdrom instead.
Then type ./setup and press enter. By doing this, the setup program
begins. If you have more than one user on the machine, we recommend you
use the workstation installation. To run this installation method, use
"./setup /net". Thereafter, all that each individual user needs to do is,
run the setup program from the program directory of their StarOffice
directory -- without the "/net" bit. Around 2MB of data will be copied
over to your home directory. This allows each user to maintain a unique
set of configuration files.
Follow the instructions step by step and you won't have any problems. The
installation is a good change from the standard rpm based installations that
you so often encounter. Full marks to the StarOffice installation.
Now that you have installed Star Office 5.2 on your PC, let us start with
the programs included. The first thing you will notice about Star Office
5.2 is that it integrates your desktop into its own window, giving your
desktop a different look and feel. It even has the same short-cut keys
like Microsoft Office 97. Having a standard desktop across various
platforms and OS' means that users can easily move from StarOffice on
Linux to StarOffice on Windows and work with the same familiar desktop. On
the other hand most people prefer distinct applications. Right now, if you
want to create a new text document, you have to start StarOffice and then
choose to edit a new Text document. This could have been a single step.
The desktop browser in StarOffice 5.2 even comes with a start menu. When
one clicks on the start button, the start menu appears, which is divided
into two parts. The bottom half has the same options like the GUI start
menu of your Operating System. (Example: Program Files, Documents, and